As the partners behind 3LB Restaurant Group — Grant Tondro and brothers Zak and Nate Higson — prepare to embark on their biggest project yet, a 21,000-square-foot version of their Urge Gastropub and Mason Ale Works concepts in San Marcos, the trio is concurrently planning an expansion of another of its popular offerings.
Brothers Provisions, which debuted in 2012 in Rancho Bernardo, is an artisan deli featuring a casual menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks with a market component retailing gourmet items, from cheese to charcuterie and craft beer. Soon, there will be even more food and drink joining the mix as its footprint grows to 5,000-square-feet to accommodate two brand new concepts.
Mason Coffee Works will be 3LB's entry into the craft coffee world; though it will initially be powered by various artisan roasters, the group says that the goal is to eventually roast its own coffee. And Brothers Provisions' dinner options will expand thanks to the vinyl-inspired Lo-Fi Pie; the pizzeria will specialize in hand spun pies that run the gamut from the traditional, including a margherita topped with housemade mozzarella or classic pepperoni made with house-cured meat to riffs on popular and eclectic dishes, ranging from Beef Wellington in pizza form with filet mignon, mushrooms duxelles and a blend of cheeses to a Frito Cheese pie topped with housemade chili, housemade cheese sauce, Fritos and pesto cream. A concrete launch date has not been set, but both concepts should open later this year.