Portland chef, business partner making progress on downtown sandwich shop

The menu likely will always be a work in progress, but that’s part of the idea behind a new restaurant under construction in the Uptown area of downtown Sioux Falls.

Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen is the brainchild of Barry Putzke and Jordan Taylor, friends since their days at Roosevelt High School who moved to Portland after college graduation.

Putzke went into banking. Taylor became a chef.

“I moved out there to do farm-to-table,” Taylor said. “There were places I dreamed of working at, and I actually got to do it.”

They stayed in touch for years on the west coast and then found they both were drawn to come home. It made sense to try a venture together.

“So we thought, let’s brainstorm, and here we are,” Putzke said.

They are renovating the former Taste of the Big Apple space in the Larson Square building, installing a deli case that will include fresh-sliced meats by the pound and fresh bread to go plus a bar where patrons can wait or dine.

The dining room has been painted, and the plan is to seat up to 80 on the patio once weather allows.

The plan is to be open daily starting some time in May.

The menu, though, will evolve seasonally and is still being finalized.

Highlights will include a meatball sandwich with Calabrian chilies and a pepperoni sauce, a Vietnamese fried chicken sandwich with Bahn Mi pickles and a cilantro aioli and sides such as German potato salad, fennel slaw and Taylor’s taste on flavorful “dirty fries.”

“I hate dull food,” Taylor said. “We’ll take a basic, approachable name and put a twist on it.”

Dessert will include homemade ice cream, and beverage options will include homemade sangria.

“And we’ll have four or five small plates and a couple salads, because I don’t want to be necessarily meat-centric,” Taylor said. “We’ve been lucky enough to acquire four or five local farmers who will be exclusive to us. Two are bio-dynamically organic, which is another trend we want to continue. You don’t have to think about it in Portland. If you’re not doing it, something is wrong.”

Portland chef, business partner making progress on downtown sandwich shop

The menu likely will always be a work in progress, but that’s part of the idea behind a new restaurant under construction in the Uptown area of downtown Sioux Falls.

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