New management identified for Dinky Bar & Kitchen and Cargot Brasserie
In fall 2019, management of the Dinky Bar & Kitchen and Cargot Brasserie — located on University Place adjacent to McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts — will transition to Harvest Restaurant Group. Harvest Restaurant Group was founded in 1996 by the Grabowski family and has since grown to include 11 restaurants throughout northern New Jersey.
The Dinky Bar & Kitchen and Cargot Brasserie had previously been operated by Fenwick Hospitality Group, which the University selected as a partner when the restaurants opened in 2016 as part of the arts and transit neighborhood.
“Dinky Bar and Cargot have become popular local dining establishments for the campus community, patrons of McCarter Theater Center and the Lewis Arts complex, commuters and campus neighbors. We look forward to Harvest Restaurant Group expanding upon the strong foundation set by Fenwick Hospitality Group,” said Kristin Appelget, Princeton University’s director of community and regional affairs.
“Getting to know the Princeton community — from our partners at the University, to leaders of the area’s vibrant arts and culture scene, to local business and government officials, to the residents of this very special place — has only served to reinforce our decision to join this wonderful neighborhood,” said Chip Grabowski, owner/CEO of Harvest Restaurant Group. “And we could not be more grateful for the support we have received so far. We look forward to returning that show of support by way of outstanding dining experiences for all of our new family members and friends.”
As part of the management change, Cargot Brasserie has closed for interior renovation work. The Dinky Bar & Kitchen will remain open and has expanded its hours to include breakfast. The exterior architecture of both restaurants will stay the same.
In early fall, Cargot Brasserie will reopen as Roots Ocean Prime. A prix fixe menu will be available at Roots Ocean Prime for pre-theater dining.