Philadelphia chef moves to Collingswood with restaurant June BYOB

French cuisine is not plentiful in South Jersey.

But a Philadelphia-born restaurant will open its doors this week, bringing escargot (snails) and other French classics to Collingswood.

Richard and Christina Cusack of June BYOB, a restaurant that quickly gained success in the restaurant-rich area of Passyunk upon its opening in 2019, were hit with the effects of the pandemic like so many other restaurant owners. The couple closed down the Philly location in September 2020.

Named after Richard’s mother, June BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue served an à la carte menu, his modern take on French classics. But then COVID-19 shut down the country. They tried take-out and pop-up ideas for about five months before officially closing their doors.

The Cusacks took a yearlong hiatus to save up for a new location – Richard worked in various kitchens and did some private chef work. Then, they stumbled upon a listing on Craigslist in April for a place on Haddon Avenue while shopping for kitchen equipment.

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