By Andrew Z. Galarneau
Tomorrow, JJ and Kevin Richert open their third place, The Garage Deli (1139 Kenmore Ave., 768-0780) right next to Torches, the innovative fine dining restaurant in Kenmore that brought JJ Richert acclaim and a Nickel City Chef apron.
Sandwiches and salads are the mainstays, with house-smoked pastrami and turkey leading the way. The first menu is here: The Garage opening menu.
Here's a restaurant concept straight out of the man cave: hardcore deli anchored in house-smoked meats, plus hardcore motorcycle. As in, displaying an in-progress custom chopper out back. Built over a period of months, the conversation piece and macho eye candy will eventually be auctioned off for charity. Presumably the Richert brothers will wash their hands before returning to the kitchen.
That's not even the wildest automotive twist. JJ Richert said he commissioned a barbecue cooker built out of a decommissioned 1962 Corvair. "We fired it up the other day for some fire trials," he said. "It was actually stopping traffic on Kenmore Avenue."
Hours for The Garage are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Fri. for starters, Richert said. Beer and wine are in the works.