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Butter Block, Remedy House, Marble + Rye to tackle brunch together

Brunch doesn't take a break after Easter Sunday.

Three trendy local businesses - small-batch patisserie Butter Block, West Side coffee-house newcomer Remedy House and downtown restaurant Marble + Rye - will contribute to a 12-week Sunday brunch series at the latter's home, 112 Genesee St. The first edition is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8.

No reservations will be accepted, so the brunch is first-come, first-serve basis as space allows. Marble + Rye co-owner Michael Dimmer noted capacity will be around 65 people. Service will be done check-list style, where customers can mark menu boxes and submit selections to the kitchen. Sometimes, the less the social responsibility on a weekend morning, the better.

Through their Facebook page, the hosts released an overarching brunch menu with enticing staples and enough wiggle room for weekly customization. The split is simple: Butter Block handles the food, Remedy House supplies the coffee and Marble + Rye crafts the cocktails and pours the beer.

Specials for the debut meal are a Lorraine Swiss quiche and a wood-fired focaccia with crispy prosciutto, Kalamata olives and feta cheese, Dimmer said.

Here are three things we'd order:

*Baker's Board For 2 - Let Butter Block's flaky croissants have a starring role. The fillings we'd choose are smoked salmon, lemon curd, avocado, chocolate hazelnut spread and quark, the last one because it's enjoyable to say aloud. (It's a relative of cheese).

*Blood-orange mimosa - the blood orange is making a strong comeback, and the twist on a classic mimosa is a nice change of pace.

*Local yogurt panna cotta - it's light, fresh, relatively healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

It's a fitting time for the three businesses to begin their collaboration, as Burritos + Brooze - the Hydraulic Hearth joint effort with Lomo Lomo Food Truck, held its final meal last Saturday.


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