Little Italy has no shortage of bars and restaurants, but what it's lacking is breakfast. The neighborhood's morning food options will increase by one soon; Harbor Cafe, a new breakfast and lunch diner, is landing shortly at the corner of India and Beech streets.
The prime location, which formerly housed Harbor Marine Supplies, will now have 34 seats inside, half of which will make up an old-fashioned central diner counter.
The man behind the 1,100-square-foot eatery is local architect and developer Ted Smith, who owns the 125-year-old building with housing on top. The 15-year resident of Little Italy says the neighborhood has been missing a traditional breakfast spot. He said, "We wanted a good place to get something normal rather than a croissant."
Harbor Cafe's down home menu include omelettes, waffles and classic breakfast combos (corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy and a Hangtown Fry with scrambled eggs, oysters, bacon, mushroom and green onions), as well as lunch options (meatloaf sandwich, French dip, salads). Eddie Hernandez, who ran downtown's La Casita Mexican Diner, will act as chef and operator. "He will often be behind the counter flipping the pancakes," said Smith.
Another teammate on the project is architect Robin Brisebois, Smith's real estate partner of 30 years who designed the rehab of the existing building back in 1995. "We hope the place will look like something built a long time ago," he said.
Plans are in place for a south-side patio and some curbside seating along India Street; Harbor Cafe expects to open in four months or less.
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