The name pretty much says it all when it comes to Capitol Hill’s latest lunch counter. Vancouver-based Meat & Bread opened for business Monday inside the Central Agency building on 10th Ave between E Union and E Seneca.
Owners Cord Jarvie and Frankie Harrington hopped the border to oversee the soft opening of their fourth popular sandwich shop on Friday, where CHS got a sneak peek of the operation. Harrington told CHS he frequently came to Capitol Hill as a teenager growing up outside Vancouver and was ecstatic to make his mark in the neighborhood.
In Seattle, Jarive and Harrington are replicating their working recipe that keeps things simple with a menu pared down to four daily offerings. Opting for roasts and slow-cooked meats over the deli sliced variety, daily sandwiches include porchetta (roast pork), meatball, and grilled cheese with one rotating option. Most sandwiches go for around $10.
The menu does include a few non meat and bread items, including a rotating side soup and salad, two desserts, and $1.50 Rainier tallboys.
Meat & Bread is the second-to-last piece of the sandwich-y Central Agency complex, which includes Slab Sandwich + Pie, Bitter/Raw, and the building’s anchor restaurant, Lark. Central Agency developer Jerry Everard told CHS in December he is still searching for the right retail tenant to takeover the last remaining space.
Elements of the preserved 1917-built warehouse are on full display inside Meat & Bread, where exposed iron beams reach up to the space’s vaulted, wood-slatted ceilings. Customers ordering at the counter-service restaurant can watch their meat and bread get assembled in the spacious open kitchen.
Meat & Bread is the latest in a southward push of food and drink activity from the E Pike core into the blocks around E Union. In addition to Central Agency’s offerings, Gokan by Musashi held its soft opening at 10th and Union on Friday. Meanwhile, Optimism Brewing continues to build out its brewing facility and tasting room on Broadway at E Union. A new “bike shop + training facility + cafe” is also set to move in. And another complex of restaurants headlined by new efforts from Renee Erickson will open later this year just a block east from Park’s new restaurant.
Meat & Bread is open 11 AM – 6 PM at 1201 10th Ave. Visit here for more information.