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Black Cat Sandwich Company to open in the River Arts District this summer

Fresh Italian-inspired sandwiches will be the star at the newest concept from Gypsy Queen Cuisine and Simple Cafe owner Suzy Phillips and business partner Dave Campbell.

the building that will house Black Cat Sandwich Company

You’re looking at the future home of Black Cat Sandwich Company.

Photo via Suzy Phillips

The River Arts District is adding a new flavor to its palette. Black Cat Sandwich Company is the latest endeavor from Suzy Phillips, owner of Gypsy Queen Cuisine and Simple Cafe & Juice Bar, and business partner Dave Campbell. The 20-25 seat restaurant will debut this summer at 375 Depot St., the former site of the Magnetic Theatre.

Inspired by the cuisine of Phillips’ travels and a lifelong love for mortadella, a sandwich shop has always been a goal. So when local artist Jaime Byrd approached Phillips at the beginning of this year about opening a concept to accompany the building’s art studios, it was time to make the dream a reality. “My manager Dave Campbell and I looked at each other and were like, ‘let’s do that sandwich shop that we’ve been wanting to do for years,’” Phillips shared.

Besides being a spot for a quick bite, Black Cat Sandwich Company will serve as a place for patrons of the art studio to take a break with some food + bev before making a purchase.

inside Black Cat Sandwich Company

With equipment installed, the restaurant will soon start decorating.

Photo via Suzy Phillips

On the menu

You won’t find ordinary subs here. Taking a cue from simple Italian sandwiches, the menu will feature naturally cured meats like mortadella and speck, house-roasted beef and porchetta, and fresh cheeses like stracciatella and sharp provolone. Sammies will be topped with local produce and simple spreads on breads like house-baked fluffy focaccia, soft puccia, and thin + crispy schiacciata. In addition to sandwiches, a few soup and salad options will be available.

For the folks with a sweet tooth, Black Cat Sandwich Co. will offer tiramisu and panna cotta. A small menu of espresso and coffee drinks will be available with beans from Volcancito Coffee, as well as a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and mocktails.

Eager to get a taste? Phillips hopes to open Black Cat Sandwich Company no later than August. Stay tuned for more delicious updates.

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