Big Front Door, which opened on Park Boulevard in 2012, will venture to Bankers Hill to open its second location. The sandwich-centric eatery was hand-picked by local architect and developer Lloyd Russell (The Station) to be one of two food and beverage tenants in Russell's Fourth Avenue Lofts, a new four-story mixed-use project at Fourth Avenue and Palm Street.
The concept, which revolves around made-to-order sandwiches plus soups, salads and sides, was founded by Steve "Sheep" Riley and his wife, Laura. With over two decades of experience in the food industry, Sheep Riley has logged tenures with several local restaurant groups, including the Cohn Restaurant Group and Urban Kitchen Group.
Riley says that the Bankers Hill restaurant will serve beer and wine and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, likely via counter service during the day and table service in the evening. The core menu will transfer over, including the popular "Loins of Fire" sandwich, but he plans to expand options to range from snacks and noshes to an array of takeout-friendly food; the new kitchen will also bake up breakfast pastries and fresh bread. While Big Front Door's original University Heights shop sits in a small storefront, this outpost will span a 2,500-square-foot space, which includes a patio, with construction expected to be completed in eight months.