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New Coffee Shop and Restaurant—Bean & Burgundy Bread—Opens on Route 40

The new restaurant is looking to combine American, Italian and Korean cuisine with a coffee shop atmosphere.

The counter at Bean & Burgundy Bread. Credit: Andrew Metcalf
The counter at Bean & Burgundy Bread. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

You may have passed the sign for Bean & Burgundy Bread on Route 40 sometime in the past year. It replaced the old Blockbuster sign. For awhile, it simply announced 'Coming Soon!'

Now, the new coffee shop and American fusion restaurant is open. It officially opened at 9469 Baltimore National Pike two weeks ago. The spacious restaurant offers sandwiches, a breakfast menu, coffee and espresso, pastries, cakes and baked goods.

There's also Korean items like bibimbap ($7.50) and bulgogi sandwiches ($8.50 - $10).

Wine, beer and a full dinner menu are still in the works, according to general manager Young Coffman. Coffman said the restaurant is looking for an Italian chef to handle the dinner menu, which will be composed of American comfort food with "an Italian touch."

The restaurant is in the process of obtaining a full liquor license, and has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday night. After that, it could take four to six weeks to obtain the license, if it's approved, according to Martin Johnson, a consultant helping the restaurant obtain the license.

The 4,600-square-foot restaurant can seat up to 120 people. The modern interior features large front glass windows, wood floors, an exposed ceiling, shelves filled with baked goods, a showcase with cakes, a variety of tables, and a knight statue.

In the kitchen is a wood-burning oven, which Coffman says the restaurant uses to make its flatbreads and toast sandwiches.

The restaurant has free wi-fi and encourages customers to come in and work, have meetings, or gather with groups.

"Come on in and relax," said Coffman, "just swing by and sit by the window. So far we've had students coming in to study for exams, real estate people, and business meetings, even church groups."

Coffman said the focus of the restaurant is customer service.

"We want to make everyone feel comfortable when they come in," said Coffman.

The owner of the restaurant, Annie Minji Lee, is an Ellicott City resident. This is her first restaurant, according to Coffman.

Menu items include the Texas sandwich—roast beef, swiss cheese, BBQ sauce on a kaiser roll ($8.99); BBB signature wrap—bulgogi, sauteed spinach and zucchini, green pepper, provolone and horseradish dressing on a spinach wrap ($9.99) and a grilled chicken caesar salad ($10.99).

The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Barbara Palvin November 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I love this place! I've been waiting for a place like this to open in our neighborhood :)
Randy Bohn November 30, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Found the layout configuration confusing ... when finally taken to a table after ordering several sandwiches, the quality of the food was very good ... however, if one wanted to order additional items there was no menu on the table and the f/u service was non-existant. Too bad as we were looking forward to something with pizazz...far from it .... we vote with our feet and will look for other places to eat.
DENISE SILVERMAN December 01, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Very delicious restaurant with nice staff
Bar Concepts January 27, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Bar Concepts: www.barconceptsinc.com is on site at Bean & Burgundy to work with the Ownership to build an improved dining experience for the citizens of Ellicott City. The big news though is the arrival of Chef Jiin Lee from South Korea. Bean & Burgundy will be focusing on a new customer service driven format and an excellent Asian Fusion & Tapas menu complete with wine pairings to surpass any casual-fine dining restaurant in the city and the Washington DC area. Press releases to follow soon. For further information, you can email us at info@barconceptsinc

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