Olde Kensington-based Cadence ranked No. 1 new restaurant in country

Hadas Kuznits
May 22, 2019 - 3:47 pm
Cadence restaurant co-owners

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A small BYOB in Olde Kensington that has only been around since March 2018 has received a major accolade from Food & Wine magazine.

Not only is Cadence the only Philadelphia restaurant on the magazine's 2019 list of Best New Restaurants, but it is also landed at No. 1, which co-owner and chef Michael Fry said was unexpected.

"Honestly, we really respect Food & Wine and their opinions about food and kind of the direction of dining, and we're really just kind of humbled and happy to be a part of it," he said.

Cadence is a regional American 38-seat BYOB, located where Olde Kensington meets Fishtown off of West Girard Avenue.

The national attention has already impacted business, even bringing in customers from out of state.

"It's a game-changer," said Fry. "You see it kind of immediately in the reservations and the way that our phones are now ringing off the hook."

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Food & Wine gave Cadence the top spot due to its "simple pleasures and serious food."

"This list had never been ranked (numerically) before, so to be the first No. 1 from Food & Wine on new restaurants was just pretty surreal," added Jon Nodler, also co-owner and chef.

With the impact of social media, Cadence pastry chef Sam Kincaid, who rounds out the trio of owners, said the attention from the magazine will definitely make reservations more of a challenge, but one she welcomes.

"We've always been pretty busy on the weekends, but we've definitely seen a lot more interest in weekday reservations," she noted. "It's a little nerve-racking, but it's a good challenge."

"It's also great to sort of validate what we're doing with people that are already here," Fry continued.