Local jam maker Beau Bien Fine Foods is unveiling a new grab-and-go counter and storefront on June 24 in the former Eastern Market Mediterranean Grill space at 2478 Riopelle St. The counter will initially open only on Saturdays for breakfast and lunch, though the owners hope to eventually add store hours on Sundays and Tuesdays.
Beau Bien was founded in 2010 by partners Noelle Lothamer and Molly O'Meara and quickly gained a following for its jams, mustards, and chutneys. Their Eastern Market building is also home to the company’s production kitchen. Lothamer tells Eater she and O’Meara are aiming to provide a faster alternative to the long lines restaurant waits on market days while also showcasing their products. “We [wanted to] offer some really tasty, healthy grab-and-go options,” she says.
The shop is tiny at roughly 400-square-feet the shop, with a small deli fridge at the counter and walls lined with jarred preserves and vinegars. Dine-in space will be limited to around seven seats, though Lothamer says that depending on demand they may set out a few more chairs on the sidewalk.
The opening menu features sandwiches prepared with breads from Avalon, such as the cheese and jam made with goat cheese mousse, arugula, and a choice of preserves. Customers can also expect salads, quiche, yogurt parfaits (also made with Beau Bien jams), and pastries. In addition to the food, Lothamer and O’Meara are bottling several beverages in-house including a fermented kombucha tea, a fermented pineapple drink called tepache, and drinking vinegar-based shrub sodas. Take a peek at the full opening menu below:
Beau Bien Fine Foods is located at 2478 Riopelle St.; open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
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