Against The Grain’s downtown sandwich shop opens Friday in former Another Place space
During a unique period in the history of downtown Louisville, the new Against The Grain Sandwich Emporium offers a unique lunch special: a sandwich, fries and beer combo.
The Sandwich Emporium opens in the former Another Place Sandwich Shop above the Flamingo Lounge this Friday October 1 at 8 a.m. Co-owner Sam Cruz describes the Emporium’s selection of sandwiches as a cross between a New York deli and a Penn Station. Essentially you will have your selection of traditional deli sandwiches (ranging from $ 10 to $ 12) but with a lot more toasting. And, because it’s an Emporium, you’ll also be able to find salads, sides, and cookies.
Beer, however, is an idea that’s all ATG. The brewing brand will be selling its packaged beers on site, including your favorites, A Beer, Citra Ass Down, The Brown Note and 35K stout.
Another Place Sandwich Shop closed after 50 years in business in February. He was is experiencing a decline in sales after workers fled the city center amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The challenges the old sandwich shop faced remain, Cruz said.
“We miss the workers,” he said. “Humana isn’t back for, I guess, the rest of the year from what I understand; They won’t be back until January. And that would also include any other offices or businesses that are affected by this… Until we start to see a return to normal in this area, I think we’re still walking on water.
But, Cruz said, his company will offer online ordering and, if the opportunity arises, will offer corporate catering.
“I think at the end of the day if everything we offer benefits the community, it will be fine,” he said. “And I see the sandwich shop and the sweatshop over there, those are great, I don’t mean great additions because they were there before, but they are, I think, necessary things in the environment of the downtown so that people who work and play and live there, have this to improve their quality of life.
The sweatshop Cruz talks about is The Flamingo Lounge, which ATG opened as a replacement for Jimmy Can’t Dance – also owned by the owner of Another Place and closed during the pandemic.
In Against the Grain’s takeover of the old Another Place spot, not much remains of the famous store.
In addition to the brand new lunch menu – which includes 12 exclusive sandwiches, including a vegetarian reuben made with portobello mushrooms, by the way – the Emporium will open at 8 a.m. to sell breakfast sandwiches and filter coffee. This, said Cruz, is in direct response to the lack of access to downtown grocery stores.
The Sandwich Emporium also features new decor, including a restaurant-style bar designed from a 17-foot bowling alley. The boutique loft has been transformed into a lounge area with plush seating for working and watching TV. There will also be high tables for dining. And, to give the space an ATG touch, Louisville artist Matthew McDole created a mural the size of a wall.
“Hopefully people will come and take a photo and share it on social media and maybe check out Matt’s work online,” said Cruz.
Unlike the Flamingo Lounge, the Sandwich Emporium does not have a strict vaccination policy, although it does encourage vaccinated customers via signage. If customers are not vaccinated, the store asks them to keep their masks.
For the grand opening of the Sandwich Emporium, there will be a ribbon cutting with Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday noon. The restaurant will be open until 3 p.m. daily, when it will close to prepare for the nightly activities of the Flamingo Lounge.
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