Agricola Eatery to replace Urban Table in Morristown

Agricola Eatery, a farm-to-table dining concept, is coming to the Morristown Green — and will replace the now closed Urban Table, the head of Harvest Restaurant Group said.

Chip Grabowski told ROI-NJ he is excited to bring the concept — which started in Princeton — to Morristown.

“We’re really excited about it,” he said. “We have a great design.”

Agricola describes itself on its website as being “Fresh, down to earth and full of flavor.”

“We think food is a universal language — it brings us together and nourishes us. In Latin, ‘Agricola’ means ‘farmer,’ which embodies our farm to table spirit and our dedication to community and comfort,” the site says.

Agricola’s seasonal menu is filled with numerous farm-to-table type items among its starters (organic greens and kale salads, Ahi tuna tartare, artisan cheeseboard), seconds (pumpkin ravioli, black bean and sweet potato chile, Larson Farm prime short rib, grilled Skuna Bay salmon) and oven items (various flatbreads).

There’s no timetable for its opening. Grabowski and Harvest Group, like all restaurateurs, currently are in a struggle to survive during the pandemic. (See story here.)

The hope is that the post-pandemic will bring a strong return to restaurant dining.

The fate of the Morristown location of Urban Table was sealed by an accident.

Originally closed for the pandemic, it was shut for good when a sprinkler malfunction in one of the condos above it created a tremendous amount of water damage.

“About a month ago, a sprinkler went off on the fifth floor in someone’s condo,” Grabowski said. “And the water cascaded from the fifth floor all the way down into Urban Table. It totally wiped out the entire restaurant.

“It was like it was raining in the entire restaurant.”

Grabowski said Harvest had no choice but to gut the location.

“We had to get all the water damage off the sheetrock and the ceiling tile, even the air conditioning ducts,” he said.

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