April 04, 2019
Christopher Kearse, the chef behind Will BYOB, is reportedly wrapping things up with his popular French-inspired BYOB restaurant after seven years on East Passyunk Avenue.
Kearse is set to close Will BYOB sometime this June, according to Philly.com, and open a new restaurant called Forsythia in Old City. The new venture, which will take over the building formerly occupied by Capofitto, is reportedly expected to open in August.
Will BYOB opened in the food-centric South Philly neighborhood in June of 2012, and was regularly lauded as one of the best restaurants in the Philly area.
The Inquirer’s Craig LaBan gave the restaurant two bells the fall after it opened, and said Kearse had “both the technical prowess and the artistic vision to create modern food that still makes tasty sense, and not just tricky nonsense.” LaBan later upgraded Will BYOB to three bells. Most recently, the restaurant landed at No. 41 on PhillyMag's newest Top 50.
This short documentary, from a few years back, explains a lot about Kearse’s unique background:
Forsythia, Kearse told Philly.com, will serve “modern” French cuisine with “classic undertones."