Chris Scott was a formidable competitor on Season 15 of Bravo's Top Chef, known for his unique take on Southern cuisine with Philadelphia roots — a blend he called Amish soul food and regularly cooked up for the judges in Colorado. Off the TV screen, Chris was the mastermind behind Brooklyn's Butterfunk Kitchen, where he served up his signature Pennsylvania-Dutch-meets-the-South fare, with dishes like scrapple and braised brisket.
But alas, Butterfunk Kitchen is now closed, having served its last meal on December 31.
The team also closed the sister restaurant adjacent to Butterfunk. That eatery, Sumner’s Luncheonette, had offered breakfast, lunch, and brunch on weekend days. Chris opened Butterfunk back in April 2017 with his wife Eugenie Woo, and it collected positive reviews.
In brighter news, the same Butterfunk website that announced the restaurants' closing also announced that the team is set to open a new restaurant called Birdman Juke Joint in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Birdman's Instagram feed is up and running. Its bio reads, "Telling the story of the chicken farmer during the antebellum era, while serving the best damn Fried Chicken north of the Mason Dixon line."
Head over to the chef's own feed and you get the best news of all: Birdman is slated to make its debut with a Connecticut popup... tomorrow! The chef will bring Birdman's cuisine to The Cook and the Bear restaurant in West Hartford while Birdman restaurant gets its "finishing touches" completed.
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