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'European-style' Main Street cafe opening in Theater District

The brothers behind Mezza, the Elmwood Lebanese restaurant, are opening a “European-style café” downtown on Main Street.

Peter Eid and brother Johnathan briefly opened their new Hearth + Press, 665 Main St., during Curtain Up! Friday night. The restaurant will reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hopefully it’ll have its liquor license by then, Peter Eid said. “If it doesn’t, we’ll still open, just not as hard.”

Hearth + Press will be an all-day restaurant, serving baked goods like baklava croissants, breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the morning. Salads, pizzas and more would be available for lunch and dinner. “We’re cooking Neapolitan-style pizzas on a hearthstone,” said Eid, “and we’ll give it a café vibe, with paninis, salads, baked goods and an espresso bar.”

Centered around an open hearth oven, the 50-seat restaurant’s picture windows face Main Street. Shea’s Buffalo Theatre is across the street.

A draft menu has pizzas from $12 (margherita, pomodoro pesto) to $16 (meatball). Baguette sandwiches ($5-10), salads ($8-12) and mussels in San Marzano tomatoes in white wine ($12) round out the food menu.

To drink, there’s French press coffee and espresso beverages, plus San Pellegrino and other soft drinks. When the liquor license is in, the restaurant plans to offer beer, wine and cocktails, including large-format cocktails serving four or five, presented in a French press.

Hours for now will be 8 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m., six days a week, closed Sundays, said Eid.

The Eid brothers considered several ideas for the space before deciding on the fast-casual concept, with pizzas that take about five minutes to prepare. “When you see the amount of business done on the block north of us, then the medical campus, and Shea’s,” Peter Eid said, “we felt this was absolutely perfect for Main Street.”

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