Friend of a Farmer Near Opening

Update: Sign on the door today (Monday) says “7 days and counting.” Walking home along Montague Street this afternoon your correspondent noticed that the paper had been removed from the windows of 76 Montague Street, indicating that the long awaited opening of Friend of a Farmer at that location will be happening soon. There was a small sign taped to the door: “Private Event”. We’re hoping there will be another, not-so-private event there soon: a party to raise funds to return the anchor that had sat in front of the building for 41 years and was removed to make room for outdoor seating. The anchor is in storage at a shipyard on Staten Island; we’re hoping to see it placed at a suitable location on the Promenade.

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  • Luke

    Yes, an Ally-of-the-Anchor party would be a nice way to endear the new Friend-of-the-Farmer Restaurant to the neighbors!

    Be nice if the anchor was put somewhere that kids could clamber over it (although I suspect the same hue & cry would go up over sizzled tots if it’s placed in direct sunlight…).

    Looking forward to a new restaurant on Montague and hope it breaks the curse of mediocre fare on our high street!

  • Willow Street Watch

    Friend of the farmer? Boy that sound fresh and pure..Er, one question; how much of the fare will be GMO/Irradiated free? This all sounds like the latest “organic” hot spot for the trendzoid/yuppie types who shop Whole Paycheck (ever after they were repeatedly found to be selling GMO) But we’ll see….

  • HereToStay

    They have been in Gramercy forever, so not really new. The whole idea is bringing fresh food from nearby farms. You can check them out at friend of a farmer dot com.

  • MonroeOrange

    they will only serve fish…the name is purely for irony

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m going to talk to Teresa about buying out the wine shop and opening a restaurant called Enemy Of A Farmer. I’d serve local, organic, artisinally sourced farmer meat. And there’d be a happy hour. The sign above the door will read “And don’t touch my daughter!”

  • Willow Street Watch

    That’s really the answer of a wide range of serious problems with our food. When food was produced and consumed in say, a thirty mile radius, any disease/disorder was held to that small area. In those FAR healthier timeS, farmers knew and walked their land, (steiner was right abou that), soil was not contaminated or depleted and there was no out of control sciences like GMO or irradiation. But still localization of food production was a huge, if at the time unrecognized, health safeguard.
    The area producing the food must not be in a pollution corridor, the soil must not be already depleated or contaminated energeticly or chemically, and the crops of course, must be from robust heritage seed.
    But localization is a critically important element in future public health.

  • Willow Street Watch

    First, find out if the daughter is somehow a GMO or is irradiated….

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Oh I think the whole neighborhood knows!

  • ClaudeScales

    Teresa already owns the wine shop.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Yes I meant buying it FROM her. ;)

  • Andrew Porter

    Local denizens will be celebrating the opening with impromptu banquets: