William and Kathleen Blake have sold their popular downtown restaurant, Rusty Spoon, located at 55 W. Church Street [GMap].
The Church Street farm-to-table has been sold to Michelle Lagerweij, a Netherlands-based restaurateur. According to a report by Scott Joseph, which you can read HERE, Lagerweij will be changing the menu and the concept of Rusty Spoon to match her own restaurant in Utrecht, Cafe Elize (Website).
The Blake’s concept was arguably one of the first local kitchens to focus on sourcing their products seasonally from local producers. The new Cafe Elize menu, which you can see below in Dutch, features “Toasts on Farmhouse Breads,” yummy-sounding baked goods like bananenbrood (banana bread), wraps and sandwiches, and seasonal soups.
The ownership transition is expected to take three weeks to a month.
Our requests for more information on the sale were rebuked by Kathleen Blake but it had been rumored that Blake was shopping the restaurant for a number of months before being introduced to Lagerweij by her broker.