Honey Brook’s Wyebrook Farm to Close Restaurant, Market Until Zoning Issues Resolved

Image of the restaurant at Wyebrook Farm via Tom Gralish, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook will soon close its popular restaurant and market until issues raised by local and state officials are resolved, writes Michael Klein for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The farm – opened five years ago by Dean Carlson, a former hedge-fund manager, on 360 acres in West Nantmeal Township – will remain open.

The popular restaurant and market are victims of their own success. Carlson said that township officials have told him that the business requires additional infrastructure to comply with zoning, such as more paved parking.

A spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection also said that the restaurant was added to the farm without receiving the required approvals from the DEP and the Chester County Health Department.

However, both the owner and officials say the shutdown is voluntary, and the farm will continue to sell its produce through the La Divisa stand at Reading Terminal Market.

“The farming operation is not a problem,” said Carlson. “It’s the restaurant and retail.”

The last day for the restaurant will be Nov. 19, while the market will remain open as usual until the end of the year.

Read more about Wyebrook Farm’s plans in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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