“The pasta is the star.”
That’s the word on the new menu dropping at Fish Nor Fowl next month.
“We always knew we were going to change it,” says Richard DeShantz, owner of Fish Nor Fowl. “It depends on what we’re inspired by at a particular moment.”
And it just so happens that at this particular moment, it’s pasta.
It’s been almost a year since Fish Nor Fowl, the newest restaurant from Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group, opened in the former Salt of the Earth space on Penn Avenue in Garfield.
The restaurant is the sixth restaurant in the group’s portfolio, following the openings of Pork & Beans (2016) and Poulet Bleu (2017), and preceding future restaurants gi-jin and Coop de Ville (openings for both TBA).
But Fish Nor Fowl is differs from its sister restaurant in that it doesn’t have a definitive ‘theme.’ Poulet Bleu is known its French cuisine. Pork & Beans specializes in barbeque. And Tako is known for… well, tacos.
In contrast, Fish Nor Fowl intends to be an evolving concept. The name, Fish Nor Fowl, is a nod to the restaurant’s theme – not having one.
“Neither this, nor that,” explains DeShantz.
And now that the clock is about to strike midnight on their first year, the restaurant is swerving directions heading into Fall 2019. On September 12th, they will launch Chapter 2 – Pasta: a brand-new menu with pasta at the forefront.
“For our first year, we went super clean,” says DeShantz. “But in the last year we’ve been making more and more pasta.”
Guests will soon have the chance to try these new, handmade pasta dishes. They will arrive in tandem with a few other changes on the menu, including new appetizers, an expanded pastry section, and wine program designed to pair with the pasta dishes. The new menu will have a heavy Italian influence, but it will also honor the restaurant’s modern approach to dining.
“There will be a couple signature dishes, and then a couple are with oxtail, or blood sausage,” continues DeShantz. “There will be a nice mixed balance of super creative and super simplistic.”
August 31, 2019, will be the final day of the current menu. The restaurant will reopen on September 12th with a new menu of pasta dishes.
“We’re really excited,” says DeShantz.
More information can be found online.
Fish Nor Fowl (5523 Penn Avenue)