BItter Ends Food, formerly known as Bitter Ends Luncheonette, will close permanently on April 20th.
“We opened 4.5 years ago with a ½ acre garden and dashed into a small brick and mortar shop to show my mother the vision before she died. I am immensely proud of Bitter Ends – with the help of some absolutely amazing people we have accomplished everything we set out to do,” writes chef/owner Becca Hegarty on the Institution’s Instagram page.
Hegarty opened Bitter Ends in 2017 as a farm and pop-up spin-off with then-business partner Jason “Joddo” Oddo (he now farms as Verona Plant Company and COLDCO). The 17-seat daytime restaurant immediately drew crowds for its quality farm-to-table ingredients served in sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Hegarty’s meticulous commitment to sourcing, combined with her talent for layering these ingredients into layers of remarkable flavor, has garnered national accolades, including multiple nominations as a James Beard Award Rising Star Chef semifinalist and a spot in Zagat’s first 30-under-30 -Cohort, but more importantly, a loyal local farmer and customer base who supported their efforts.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every farmer, producer, chef, baker, artist, sandwich eater, salad lover, every person who has ever set foot in the life of this project,” Hegarty wrote on Instagram.
Hegarty only switched to takeout after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and has continued to operate with limited hours ever since. She has also supplied ready meals to the neighboring Linea Verde Green Market.
Bitter Ends will be closed next week and will resume service Friday through Monday April 8th. The facility’s final service will be on April 20 with an event called the Clownburger.
4613 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield; tillthebitterends.com
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