The owners of Brew & Brew and Better Half have added to their family with Little Brother, an aptly titled bar that kind of feels like a miniaturized hybrid of the group’s other two hospitality concepts.
The sleek but cozy pocket-sized bar on the ground floor of the Millennium apartment complex at 91 Rainey St. opens at 8 a.m. daily with a coffee program of similar quality to that found at Brew & Brew and extends through the afternoon and deep into the night with sandwiches, cocktails, beers and thoughtful cocktail-quality shot concoctions called Jammers.
While the caffeine and booze, which include solid pre-batched cocktails uniquely served in beer cans, will likely drive the business, the sandwich offerings give the notoriously alcohol-fueled entertainment district another solid dining option. The massive subs are made at the group’s all-day cafe and bar Better Half and delivered wrapped and ready to the shop. Worried about the pre-wrap? Don’t be. The kitchen cleverly wraps the meats of its Italian cold cut hero horseshoe style around the dressings, keeping the tawny hoagie rolls from getting soggy. It’s a smart of sandwichery, and one that Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rappaport even lauded recently on his Instagram.
The cold cut hoagie, which also includes olives and potato chips for added crunch and texture, are joined on the small menu by a chicken salad hoagie made with Doritos and a veggie hoagie. The hoagies cost $7 for a half (which is rather sizable) and $14 for a whole. They are sold starting at 11 a.m. daily. In addition to the sandwiches, Little Brother will also cater to drunken sweetooths with a Nutella-stuffed donut flecked with fried hazelnuts made by Better Half pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourke.
Little Brother is open until 3 p.m. on Monday; midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; and 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. The tiny bar is also in the process of adding patio seating overlooking Rainey.
The owners of the three business also plan to open Hold Out Brewing later this year in a lot adjacent to Better Half.
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