About the PASS restaurant, Rosemont, NJ
Matthew Ridgway collaborated with Paul Mitchell to create their version of a French roadhouse in this small New Jersey town. An old general store, this BYOB is just across the river from New Hope, in Bucks County, PA. Diners at the PASS restaurant will be treated to impressive french-inspired cuisine from a constantly changing prix fixe menu, but may be surprised at how comfortable and casual this type of dining can be. The small dining room has bare wood floors, colorful paint, and a vintage cold display box right off the side, where diners often order artisan bacon or guanciale to take home with them. It's a practical space, where the focus is squarely on the food, with service that is knowledgeable and attentive without being stuffy or overbearing. Most impressive may be the value, as diners get four remarkable courses on a prix fixe menu for under $50. Launched in May of 2013, the PASS is quickly becoming a "can't miss" destination for locals and visitors to the region from nearby Stockton to New Hope and Lahaska.
Chef Matthew Ridgway
Chef Matthew Ridgway’s career has given him the opportunity to work with some of the finest chefs, in some of the best restaurants in the country, and led him through three continents. (Matthew’s CV) In 2009, he stepped out of the restaurant kitchen and returned to Philadelphia to create PorcSalt. In the Spring of 2013, Matt opened the PASS, his first restaurant, with a PorcSalt charcuterie counter.
Chef Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell's impressive resume includes turns at the Fountain Restaurant, in The Four Seasons, Philadelphia, as well as Lacroix, in Rittenhouse Square.
Photo: Matt (left) and Paul, in the dining room at the PASS. Spring 2013. Photo courtesy of Thomas Robert Clarke Photography. www.thomasrobertclarke.com