1201 Kitchen in downtown Erie closing in April; owner Dan Kern planning a new restaurant



a man sitting at a table with a plate of food: Dan Kern, owner and executive chef at 1201 Kitchen, is shown at the restaurant on May 23, 2019.


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Dan Kern, owner and executive chef at 1201 Kitchen, is shown at the restaurant on May 23, 2019.

1201 Kitchen, 1201 State St., will close its doors April 15. But it’s not going out of business. Owner and chef Dan Kern just has more ideas up his sleeve. 

“As we near our 14th year of business I am constantly reminded of and guided by our restaurant’s mantra, ‘keep changing to remain unchanged.'” he wrote in a Facebook post published Friday. “I believe that as a restaurant we should always be looking to grow and improve, to push forward into new challenges with open arms and a fearless nature.”

He’s certainly fearless. He’s not just closing 1201 Kitchen, but building a new operation with a new focus, style, flavor and approach. 

“With this frame of mind,” he said in the post, “I began looking at what the next chapter holds for our restaurant and two years ago we put plans into motion to create something NEW,” he said. “Not a small tweak, menu addition or some new paint. Not 1201 part two but something different and BETTER entirely. A place to do what we

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