Dave Sherman, chef and owner of Hampden’s Café Cito, will open this fall a coffee and breakfast operation, Ground & Griddled in R. House, a 50,000-square-foot historic automobile showroom and garage in Remington at Remington Ave. and 29th St. R. House is a $12 million food and drink emporium that will serve as a launch pad for 10 chefs and their culinary concepts.
“Ground & Griddled will be a destination where both the food novice and super foodie can come and enjoy unpretentious breakfast and brunch cuisine with ridiculously warm hospitality,” Sherman said.
Sherman’s menu is still in the works, but his plans for the coffee-focused, egg-a-licous spot include made-to-order egg sandwiches and fresh made sides. Ground & Griddled also will offer lunch sandwiches like a wagyu beef “breakfast burger” with caramelized onions, bread and butter pickles, cheddar cheese, and special G&G sauce, with an egg on top.
“We’ll be serving up real food, responsibly and locally sourced, made to order at a price folks can afford. I want people to come in get some of the best coffee, breakfast and hospitality in town—all in a quick turnaround so they can get on with their day if the need to, or hang around R. House if they choose,” said Sherman.
G&G will source coffee from Stumptown, a roastery out of Brooklyn and Portland, as well as other craft roasters around the country. Customers will be able to order a wide swath of beverages from two dollar coffees, to espressos and green tea lattes or several on-tap cold brews options. Sherman plans to make nut milk on-site, and hopes to collaborate with other chefs at R. House to create innovative concoctions for guests to enjoy.
Chef Sherman started his career washing dishes in high school. Trained by a Spanish chef in San Francisco, he opened his first restaurant Big Sherm’s Fresh Sandwiches, also in the city by the bay. Three years later, he sold the shop and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America. When he graduated he spent time traveling and eating his way through Spain, France, Holland and Belgium, finally returning home to Baltimore. After opening various restaurants including Nasu Blanca, a Japanese and Spanish restaurant in Locust Point, he opened two years ago Café Cito, which offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and a-four-course BYOB dinner the first Friday and Saturday of every month. Café Cito dishes up Spanish inspired café cuisine, delicious Stumptown Coffee, and has a primary focus on service and hospitality.
“My mission is to make people feel completely comfortable asking questions about different coffees, techniques, and menu ingredients so that they can really enjoy their experience,” said Sherman about his newest restaurant, Ground & Griddle. “I just want to share my love for coffee and eggs with everyone in Charm City.”
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