If you've ever staggered out of a bar in Hampden on a Saturday night craving the sweet taste of waffles, our cravings will be satiated come spring.
The Golden West plans to change the face of early morning/late-night dining in Hampden, according to co-owner Sam Juengel, when the 18-year-old restaurant opens a takeout window that will serve a variety of waffles, tacos, and, for the first time, espresso. (The Baltimore Business Journal first reported on the plans in December.)
"We were looking to do something different," Juengel said. "We wanted to go beyond painting and re-arranging. We had real estate [by the front window] that we wanted to capitalize on."
The window serving area will take the place of the waiting lounge that was popular with families because of the toys for kids.
With Hampden becoming the home for businesses and residents, the restaurant felt it was time to make a change.
"We have more business people and new neighbors in the area now," Juengel said. "We have a great lunch crowd, but we wanted to create something where people can grab lunch to go."
When it opens in late March or early April, the window will be serving from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., with the possibility of remaining open until 4 a.m., pending liquor board approval, according to Juengel.
The homemade waffles, stuffed with Nutella, whipped cream, or savory options such as ham and Gruyere, will be served only in the early morning, until they run out. The menu will shift in the afternoon to bánh mì, verde chicken, and vegan tacos with avacado creme and vegan pumpkin or green chili chicken soups.
Coffee will be available free to uniformed officers.
"We would like to encourge our officers to come by," Juengel said. "The coffee's great and people will feel safe. There's no good coffee down this end of The Avenue, and certainly no espresso. We're going to change that."