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Marble + Rye partners considering opening breakfast/lunch spot

The owners of Marble + Rye restaurant are considering opening a daytime eatery in another downtown office building.

Michael Dimmer, who runs the Genesee Street restaurant with Christian Willmott, has been pondering a proposal to open a food service operation in 40 Fountain Plaza.

It would not be a second location of their upscale casual restaurant, but a “breakfast and lunch joint,” if they can work out the details, Dimmer said.

For about a year, the partners have been considering how to make an operation work in the vast 4,400-square-foot space, which is roughly twice as big as Marble + Rye, Dimmer said.

Working ideas include a coffee and pastry program, with breakfast staples like breakfast sandwiches. Lunch might be a steam-table by-the-pound assortment, like Wegmans’ hot bar. That will allow the restaurant to serve large numbers of lunch customers swiftly, he noted.

“Some people really only get 25 minutes for lunch,” said Dimmer, “so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible.”

A grab-and-go cooler will hold wraps, sandwiches, salads, and drinks. Alcohol will probably be part of the equation, and figure into using the space for evening events, said Dimmer.

The operation could be up and running this summer, Dimmer said, “but there’s a lot of details that still have to be worked out.”

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