Farmer’s Keep to Bring Healthy Fast Casual to Center City

farmer-keep-940The one-story building at 20th and Ludlow has been a series of bars that have come and gone with questionable business models. Remember Xchange, where the prices were going to fluctuate based on demand?

But now the space is being transformed into Farmer’s Keep, a fast casual restaurant that will serve up healthy, natural foods that will avoid common allergens.

Owner Josh Bullock tells us that Farmer’s Keep will offer 25 or more composed salads that can be enhanced with a rotating selection of 5 to 6 proteins. There will be no nuts, shellfish, gluten, dairy or eggs in the restaurant. That should be good to eliminate 91% or so of the food allergies out there. The salads are sold by weight and then can be taken to go or eaten in the sixty-seat basement dining room. Farmer’s Keep will also have 30-seats outdoors when it opens in mid-April. And down the line, Bullock is looking to add a roof deck.

Recipes are being designed by chef Ian Natowsky, a Starr Events alum who is looking forward to highlighting the fresh and when possible, local ingredients at Farmer’s Keep.

Farmer’s Keep [Foobooz]