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It's Breakfast For Dinner at Little Italy's Newest Diner

[Photos: Mike Newton]

Little Italy's newest morning destination in nearly open at the corner of Beech and India Streets. For years, the space was home to a marine supply store, but when the shop closed, the building's landlord, Ted Smith, and business partner Robin Brisebois, teamed up to turn the spot into a restaurant, first considering a seafood concept before connecting with chef Eddie Hernandez, whose forte is breakfast and lunch.

The trio has partnered up on Harbor Breakfast, which is serving up an all-day menu of straightforward diner food with a twist; the beef patties for the cheeseburgers are grass fed and there are salads made with seasonal produce and topped with house made vinaigrettes, including date, blood orange and blue cheese. Hernandez is making baked goods from scratch, including biscuits and muffins, and pancakes are available in alternative flour varieties, including almond and buckwheat; beverages range from homemade almond milk to vegetable shakes, fresh juices and organic retro sodas.

Scheduled to soft open by Monday, operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Hernandez says his soon-to-be signature menu items will include the classic Hangtown Fry, an egg scramble with oysters, bacon, mushrooms and spinach and a lobster Eggs Benedict. Lunch options include a grass fed New York strip steak, corned beef and cabbage, sandwiches and a quiche of the day. There are also four beer taps, all local.

The 52-seat eatery, which includes outdoor seating, is set to grow; in six months, the partners will expand into an adjacent narrow space, dubbed "The Train", which will be filled train-style booths to add another 20 seats.
· All Harbor Breakfast Coverage on Eater [~ESD~]
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