The Main Line is experiencing a restaurant Renaissance, showcasing innovative culinary talents and visions on par with Center City’s finest. Here are the highlights.
After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.
Making the most of our region’s fertile farming communities, John Scardapane and his team at EatNic Urban Farmhouse Eatery & BYOB rightly tout the sustainable integrity of their menu. “Everything is fresh and made to order,” says executive chef Tim Courtney, formerly of the Silverspoon in Wayne.
It’s been a long, winding and physically challenging road John Scardapane has traveled to return to the restaurant business. But the former owner of Saladworks believes his latest venture, EatNic – Urban Farmhouse Eatery & BYOB in Paoli, is on track to be his best.
In the mid-1980s, John Scardapane, a chef and restaurant manager at Tavistock Country Club, observed that male golfers — 90 percent of the trade in the exclusive club’s dining room — were ordering entrée salads. He believed that if these men wanted them, so would the rest of America.
The founder and former CEO of popular fast-casual restaurant chain Saladworks has opened, on the Main Line, his first eatery venture since his exit. John Scardapane created Conshohocken-based Saladworks in 1986, and it was his “baby” until a New York company in 2015 acquired it out of bankruptcy for nearly $17 million, thereby ending a three-year litigation between Scardapane and investor Vernon Hill.
Knowing where our food actually comes from is important and has (thankfully) been at the forefront of many conversations for the past several years. The growing collaboration of local farming communities with area restaurants has been making a very welcome resurgence as well.
EatNic Urban Farmhouse & Eatery, an all-scratch kitchen serving new American fare, international classics and local family recipes, will be opening soon in Paoli. Owned by John Scardapane, a 30-year restaurant veteran and the former chairman and CEO of Saladworks, the restaurant is taking over the spot of one of his former Saladworks.
Ah, how to describe Paoli’s new Eatnic? Sure, we could tell you it’s a farm-fresh, morning-til-night BYOB and be done with it. But there’s more to it than that. Much more. Because Eatnic comes from the same fertile brain that 30 years ago spawned the world’s first Saladworks, and with it, the now ubiquitous fast-casual dining category.
EatNic Urban Farmhouse & Eatery, an all-scratch kitchen serving new American fare, international classics and local family recipes, opened its doors on Saturday, November 26, in Paoli. Owned by John Scardapane, a 30-year restaurant veteran and the former chairman and CEO of Saladworks, the restaurant is taking over the spot of one of his former Saladworks locations.