Watertown Restaurant Giving Employees a Chance to Bring Their Own Restaurant Visions to Life

Branch Line – A Watertown restaurant will be opening two pop-up restaurants on April 10 and April 11 that have been created from scratch by its servers and bartenders. As part of Branch Line’s focus on staff training and education, the restaurant has created an all-staff project titled, “BYOR,” or “Build Your Own Restaurant.” Dividing the entire staff in half, each team has been tasked with designing a restaurant from scratch (name, concept, menu, lighting, etc.) and now they get to actually open their creation to the public in the Branch Line space.

On Tuesday, April 10 from 3pm-6pm, Mulberry Wine Bar opens, serving up wood-fired fare and domestic wine & beer in a communal dining format. Focusing on shareability, the menu includes Vegetable Chips & Dip Duo (sweet potato & taro chips with smoked herb hummus & spring garlic ranch), Fire-Roasted Radishes (herbed ricotta, sea salt) and a Meat & Cheese plate (Moody’s Chorizo Seco, Formaggio’s Tongue & Cheek Terrine, Rogue River Blue, XO Gouda, crostini). For those on the hungrier side, Mulberry also offers a Commander Rodman’s Burger (brie, mushroom jam, smoked garlic aioli). Playful beverage offerings, such as rosé in a can and Notch Brewery’s Zwickel, exude the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere.

On Wednesday, April 11 from 8am-11am, The Early Bird Café opens, focusing on lighthearted hospitality and local ingredients. A counter-service fast-casual café, guests have the option to either grab their food to-go or enjoy it leisurely at a table. A perfect spot to work to post up with your laptop, Early Bird Café’s menu features made-to-order breakfast items and creative beverages. Food highlights include Brûléed Grapefruit, Toastie (warm house made roll filled with gruyere and ham) and a Stone & Skillet Breakfast Sandwich (scrambled eggs, cheddar, choice of bacon, house made chorizo or avocado). To drink, enjoy creative refreshments such as Sparkling Hibiscus Iced Tea, Lavender Honey Ice Coffee and Black Current White Chocolate Mocha. Misfit Juice, Capito Hot Coffee and Capita Iced Coffee round out the offerings.


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Produced by Andrea Santopietro, Media Outreach Coordinator
Dan Hogan, News Producer
April 5, 2018

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