Prior to the opening of the new restaurant Harvest on Monday, June 9th, we sat down with Simon Joseph and his crew to talk about his new venture.
Simon says that his goal wasn’t ever to open a restaurant, in fact quite the opposite. “We thought we’d do the truck, and then maybe do another truck or expand with multiple trucks in different areas of the state, but never a restaurant,” he explains.
That all changed this winter, however. “We were planning on opening another food truck. I went into Brew for a coffee. When I walked past on my way in, there was no sign in the window and when I walked out, the ‘For Rent’ sign was up.”
He took a single walkthrough, signed the lease, and after several months of hard work (much done by Simon himself), he’s ready to open. “Harvest will allow us to be better at our business I think,” Simon explains. “We’ll have a bigger kitchen that can fuel the truck and let us do more volume and bigger events if we want. The big thing is that in the winter, our brand won’t go away, and that’s very cool.”
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, and they’ll be exploring late night service as well. The menu at Harvest will have a lot of similarities with Roaming Harvest’s locally-focused menu with “Food Truck Favorites” like Old #12 Hash and pork, blackened whitefish and Korean beef tacos. It will also feature a changing selection with seasonal items like the Roaming Risotto with asparagus, morels and goat cheese, hearty offerings including Chicken & Waffles, and snacks and sides including Fierce Fries with Sriracha and Jamaican Jerk duck wings.
Ralph Humes is a familiar figure to many on the TC food scene from his days as the proprietor of Mana. He says, “Simon and I became friends when he worked with me at Mana while he was building his food truck. I’m looking forward to working with him at Harvest and to the challenge of being able to try new things every week – variety keeps you on your toes!”
Up-and-coming culinary talent James Bloomfield adds, “The produce here in Traverse City is incredible. It’s like a playground, and Simon’s vision and what he’s trying to do here is a little different than anyone else. I’m excited to be part of something that might shake things up a little bit.”
You can be part of that excitement too on Monday when they open! Harvest is located in downtown Traverse City, in the alley between Front & State Streets at 131 E. State St and opens at 11 AM. Much more at roamingharvest.com/harvest.