When I strolled into Taylor Gourmet’s newest location on 14th Street NW today, I expected to meet the 21st-century’s equivalent of a bread line, Depression or not. Instead, I encountered not a single soul blocking my path to the order counter — well, save for owners Casey Patten and David Mazza, who were watching over the debut of their fourth location this afternoon.
Apparently the crush had arrived earlier than my 1:40 lunch visit; some 100 customers had already welcomed Taylor Gourmet to the U Street neighborhood. The sub-freezing temperatures no doubt played a role in the modest turnout because, God knows, there was plenty of advance publicity on the Philly hoagie shop.
The menu is the same, although the decor is ever-so-slightly modified from the other three Taylor locations, mostly because Patten and Mazza couldn’t find a way to incorporate their signature oil drums into the new spot. The work buckets were, well, a work-around.
Look for more changes in the very near future, Patten says. He’s planning to roll out about nine new menu items soon.
More photos after the jump.