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Saltie Co-Founder Rebecca Collerton Has Died

The 53-year-old chef died of cancer

Rebecca Collerton
Rebecca Collerton
Photo via Mr. Curry

Saltie chef and co-founder Rebecca Clare Collerton died on April 27 of cancer. She was 53, Grub Street reports.

Collerton was known for the playful sandwiches at beloved Williamsburg shop Saltie, which she founded with Caroline Fidanza eight years ago. The tiny restaurant closed in December, with Fidanza citing personal reasons at the time, but had built a reputation based on its baked goods and simple daytime fare.

Though sandwiches were the shop’s bread and butter, Collerton played around in the space, hosting critically acclaimed pop-up Mr. Curry. She left the restaurant in 2016. Fidanza mourned the loss of her former partner on Instagram.

From England, Collerton came to New York City in the late 1990s and worked at Andrew Tarlow’s diner and Marlow & Sons, where she met Fidanza. She died surrounded by friends and family and is survived by her wife, Greta Elizabeth Dana; siblings Jen Harding, Joe Collerton, Nick Collerton, and Patrick Collerton; nieces, nephews, and a great-niece.


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