Philip Kruta and Jeremy Kean, the duo behind Whisk, have officially purchased Fazenda Cafe in Jamaica Plain. In the spring, signs were pointing to Whisk's takeover of 3710 Washington St., and a press release this week announced they're keeping the cafe open while simultaneously transforming it into their own, full-service restaurant.
Currently, the chefs are turning out gourmet doughnuts with local fruits including currants and foraged blackberries; and other homemade baked goods. Lunch items, like kimchee grilled cheese with parsley on sourdough; roasted cauliflower with hummus and pickled shallot; and a farm egg, bacon, and cheddar sandwich on brioche with aioli, are on the way, and eventually, they plan to extend the hours and have permanent dinner service.
In the meantime, Whisk will continue to host monthly Supper Club pop-ups. The next event will be sometime in August, with details TBD. Rebecca Kean, Jeremy's sister, has signed on as general manager.
For now, the name "Fazenda" is sticking — Whisk at Fazenda, in fact — and the cafe still serves coffee from that roaster, including cold-brewed. A past Supper Club event suggested the name would be Brassica, but that is not the case, according to the recent press release.
Other changes are happening now, though. Kruta is making new counters, shelving, tables, and chairs and installing them piece-by-piece after-hours. "We could close for a few weeks and finish the whole transformation at once, but it’s an important place for the neighborhood and we didn’t want to take that away," Kean said via the release. "We wanted to grow and evolve with the neighborhood and do what was best for everyone. We think this is the best way to do that."
As part of the goal to be good neighbors, the new cafe will host rotating art from local artists, as well as live music and other community gatherings. Keep an eye on Whisk at Fazenda's social media channels for updates on the transformation.