Breaking Bread Opening This Weekend in Pigtown

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Picture Courtesy of the Breaking Bread Facebook Page

Kimberly Ellis in front of Breaking Bread. Picture courtesy of Breaking Bread’s Facebook page.

Family-style restaurant Breaking Bread will open this Saturday in a 3,200 sq. ft. space at 771 Washington Blvd. on Pigtown Main Street in the former home of the Tilted Pig and Café Calypso. Having started Breaking Bread as a catering company earlier this year, owners Edward and Kimberly Ellis are now excited to open their first restaurant after things fell into place at this location, which they had eyed in the past.

Kimberly Ellis, who has worked in the corporate world for the last 20 years, decided to pursue her passion for cooking after a recent stay in the hospital. Complications from a two-hour surgery turned into a ten-day stay and it was during that time that she decided that she wanted to do what she loved when she got out: cooking.

Kimberly Ellis grew up in a large home with a large family that loved having dinner together every night. Friends would also come over on the weekends for pot luck gatherings, where they would try all different types of food. They would then bring the leftovers to senior citizens in the area. It is with this passion for food and cooking, which was instilled by her family, that Kimberly Ellis started Breaking Bread, which uses the phrase, “Great Food for All Chew-manity.”

“Food brings all people together. People let their guard down when they eat,” said Kimberly Ellis.

Breaking Bread began catering to get started on a smaller scale. It got its first job on a Tuesday in April and has been going full speed ever since working corporate events, showers, book signings, festivals, and farmers’ markets. The Ellis family first saw the space at 771 Washington Blvd. about a year ago and loved it, but never thought it was as space they could afford. Since then, a proposed restaurant concept fell through for the space and a recent auction on the property was unsuccessful. At that point they were able to work out a lease with the building’s owner and begin renovations for their restaurant. “The space was waiting for us,” said Kimberly Ellis.

Breaking Bread will seat approximately 100 people with bar seating, dining tables, and high-top tables and will be open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Sundays. The menu features appetizers such as sliders, quesadillas, and fried mozzarella; entree salads; a soup of the day, which will include their Italian turkey sausage kale potato soup and chicken noodle; wings; fresh-made burgers, sandwiches, and paninis; and, sides such as smoked gouda pasta salad and macaroni and cheese. Breaking Bread will offer an entrée each night – including steak, lamb ribs, roasted chicken, and more – as a special. It will additionally have a family night special which will feed a family of four from start to finish. Breaking Bread will partner with local baker Marcel on desserts.

Breaking Bread will get most of its food from local farms. Its sauces and dressing will be made from scratch, its breads will come from a local bakery, and its food will never be frozen, according to Kimberly Ellis. She told SouthBMore.com that Breaking Bread has already developed a great reputation for its sticky wings, which she described as a little sweet and spicy.

The kitchen at Breaking Bread will allow the team to grow its catering business and the restaurant’s central location close to downtown and many events was a draw for the husband and wife duo.

Breaking Bread does not currently have a liquor license, but it is hoping to add one so customers can enjoy a drink with their meals. Kimberly Ellis emphasized that they will be a restaurant first and not a bar.

“We’re thrilled to have a family-style restaurant open here on Pigtown Main Street,” said Pigtown Main Street Executive Director Ben Hyman. “Owner Kimberly Ellis is no stranger to our community and is a big believer of Pigtown and its potential. She has a big heart and truly wants the locals to gather, bread bread, and enjoy great food. We’re proud to welcome Kimberly and Breaking Bread as one of the nine new businesses that have opened or signed leases in the past seven months.”

It will be a Ellis family affair at Breaking Bread as Kimberly will work the kitchen and get help in the front of the restaurant from her two sons and Edward. The couple’s god daughter will be doing chalk artwork in the bathrooms and they look forward to visits from their two daughters who live in Richmond.

Breaking Bread is excited to be in Pigtown and take part in a growing food scene in the neighborhood. “Everyone has been so nice and people who recognize us from the Pigtown Farmers’ Market have given me hugs,” said Kimberly Ellis, who went on to tell a story about how Charm City Wings and Waffles owner Wayne Roy took the time out to help her with a failing piece of equipment during the Pigtown Festival. “We want Breaking Bread to be all about the community.”

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