In March, both The Alameda Cafe, 4641 N.E. Fremont St., and Batter, Griddle and Drinkery, 4425 N.E. Fremont St., announced and moved to expanded hours as wait staff and kitchen crews acclimated to increasing business.
After beginning on curtailed hours in February, The Alameda Cafe opened in March Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch and Monday-Saturday 3 p.m.-9 p.m. for dinner. “We are excited to take the leap into service seven days a week,” said co-owner Rosie McGown, “because with the extended hours, we are also adding some new menu items.”
Patrons can expect a handful of new sandwiches and breakfast dishes including a meatball parmigiana, an Italian sandwich, a ham melt, chicken-fried steak, and chicken and waffle on a house-made cornbread and blueberry waffle, according to McGown. Dinner will also include more sandwiches and salads, but still have favorites: beef goulash, turkey and dumplings, steamed mussels and more, she added.
Batter, Griddle and Drinkery’s early March soft opening took the staff and curious patrons by surprise as Sunday, February 1 found the breakfast shift “slammed” with dozens of new patrons filling up the 50-seat eatery. Some demurred at the door when told they might have to wait as long as an hour for service. Patronage tapered off the following week, allowing the staff gradually to meet customers’ expectations. By mid-March, the first business in Beaumont Wilshire’s first four-story building was opening with expanded hours (8 a.m.-midnight Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays) and promising to add new items to the menu.