The chain adds another link: Taylor Gourmet opened location No. 4 in the former space of the Ruff & Ready secondhand store. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

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.

Casey Patten, left, and David Mazza weather a cold, blustery day to open their latest Taylor Gourmet location. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)