New Details of Anticipated Eatery Bread & Salt

Opening Soon

The “Coming Soon” sign has been hanging above the future home of Bread & Salt for a while now, but the wait may shortly be over for Tenleytown residents eager to experience this new “neighborhood eatinghouse.”

Walking by this afternoon, I was fortunate enough to catch one of the owners who shared some details about what the neighborhood can expect from the forthcoming restaurant, which is slated to open within the next few weeks.

From our conversation it was clear that the Bous family, who owns not only Bread & Salt but also much of the block on which it sits, wants their new restaurant to become a gathering spot for locals where patrons of all ages can feel comfortable and enjoy quality, reasonably priced food. This ethos was the basis for the restaurant’s name, derived from the cultural traditions of welcoming new neighbors with gifts of bread and salt and breaking bread with friends. 

The patio sign literally welcomes neighbors to Bread & Salt.

The patio sign literally welcomes neighbors to Bread & Salt.

In addition to a traditional full restaurant, Bread & Salt will include a café where patrons can pick up sandwiches, salads, pastries, cakes, and breads to go, or can relax at one of the many tables at the front of the house. Nearly everything on offer will be made fresh daily in house from pasta to bread to desserts and more.

The café area is expected to have ample outlets and free WiFi for those who want to bring their laptops and work over a coffee. Flat-screen televisions in the corners of the café area will air news programs in the morning, as well as potentially cartoons for the younger bunch accompanying a caregiver for coffee or breakfast.

While the menu is in the final stages of creation, the cuisine of the full restaurant will be American style with influences from the Mediterranean, including flavors spanning across the entire region from Southern France to Turkey. Entrees will range in price from $15 to $25, with the higher end items including heartier meals like steaks. A kids menu is currently being developed.

And if a café and restaurant weren’t enough, Bread & Salt also will feature a pizza oven and a full bar. Details aren’t available yet, but expect happy hours throughout the week.

A peek at the interior courtesy of Twitter follower @robintngo

A peek at the interior courtesy of Twitter follower @robintngo

The final touches were still being put on the restaurant when I stopped by and much was covered in drop cloths, but it was apparent that Bread & Salt is combining its welcoming vibe with a sleek interior in the expansive space. Orange chairs, deep purple ceiling, and large white marbled floor tiles offer a decidedly modern color palate, while black and chrome light fixtures give off a similarly modern feel.

The front of the restaurant is enclosed on two sides by floor to ceiling windows that let light pour into the space and connect it to what will be a large outdoor patio for al fresco dining. At the back of the patio, Bread & Salt plans to plant a vegetable garden, which will provide some of the kitchen’s produce.

The size and scope of the restaurant appears to be an ambitious undertaking, but Bread & Salt has two seasoned veterans of the DC restaurant industry steering the ship. General Manager Paul Zucconi co-founded and ran the iconic La Colline restaurant on Capitol Hill for nearly 25 years, and he brings with him a chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and helmed the kitchen at La Colline for two decades.

Bread & Salt, located at 4619 41st Street, plans to be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Monday through Saturday expected hours will be 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Sundays the restaurant will open a bit later for brunch. Stayed tuned for an official opening date.