Bushwick restaurant Northeast Kingdom is closing at the end of the month, the owners announced on the website. Husband-wife duo Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke's farm-to-table American restaurant opened more than a decade ago at 18 Wyckoff Ave. It helped spark an eventual restaurant and bar boom around the Jefferson Avenue L stop and has since become an adored neighborhood spot. The couple doubled down on their sustainable, farm-to-table ethos by selling their upstate farm's vegetables regularly.
Smeraldo and Lipke will be closing the restaurant at the end of the month to spend more time on their farm and to devote more time to their children, as Gothamist first reported. Lipke will still be working in Bushwick, and both promised to remain a part of the community's conversation around food. "Bushwick is a considerable feat of community-driven development," they say in a letter to diners. "We’ve grown strong by uniting and filling the neighborhood with opportunity. It’s something we will always be thankful for and will always cherish." See below for the full statement. The restaurant's final service will be Saturday, May 28.
Dearest Friends & Neighbors of Bushwick and Beyond, I
t has been the greatest honor to be part of this dynamic and generous community for over 10 years. What a beautiful paint and dust-filled journey it’s been! Northeast Kingdom has been our second home, and we couldn’t have made it this far without your fiercely loyal friendship and unflinching support. Bushwick, you’ve been very good to us. You’ve made us better owners and better friends, but, most of all, you’ve made us better people. You are the most meaningful part of our story and the driving force behind what we do, and we want to thank you all for welcoming us and helping Northeast Kingdom become what it is today—a restaurant and a home to many.
My wife Meg and I opened Northeast Kingdom confident that Bushwick would grow and attract like-minded people who shared the creative, boundless vision of what the neighborhood could offer. The progress made in this community over the past decade has been such a thrill. Bushwick is a considerable feat of community-driven development. We’ve grown strong by uniting and filling the neighborhood with opportunity. It’s something we will always be thankful for and will always cherish.
After 10 unforgettable years in Bushwick, Northeast Kingdom will be serving its last meal on Saturday night, May 28th.
There’s no doubt this was a difficult decision to make, but we’re sure it’s what’s best for our family, which makes it both the right and only choice. Spending more time closer to our home upstate will allow us to devote more of our time and energy to our children.
This summer we’ll continue cultivating our farm upstate, and Meg will continue to work from her Bushwick studio. We still love the food world and feel passionately about the sustainable food movement. We will continue our efforts to promote community and conversation about food, bringing people into the fold, and sharing the knowledge to help people feel more connected to their food. Because above all else, this industry at its core is a very personal endeavor. And the personal connections we’ve forged over the years have truly been our greatest success, and we will continue to treasure them.
That said, we invite everyone to join us through the coming weeks for an ongoing celebratory send off. Pull up a barstool, raise a glass, and share your memories—the good ones and especially the weird ones! Allow us the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you.
And before we manage to cry into our second bowl of french fries, we’d like to offer a sort of farewell gift in the form of our special ketchup recipe! Enjoy it and remember the good times, the french fries, and every enormous burger you surprised yourself by being able to finish on your own. We love you, Bushwick! Stop by, and let us tell you in person!
Paris, Meg & The Entire Staff at Northeast Kingdom