A breakfast spot is set to join a Mexican restaurant as newcomers to the downtown dining scene.
521 Biscuits & Waffles is preparing to open in the recently redeveloped Centennial Building at 521 E. Main St.
Husband-and-wife duo Aaron Bond and Maria Jose Mejia Ruiz are behind the concept, which sits next to Chicano’s Cocina Bar & Grill. Chicano’s opened earlier this year on the building’s ground floor.
Bond said everything at 521 Biscuits & Waffles will be gluten free.
“We’ll have options for people with other food intolerances as well,” he said. “We want everyone to be able to come to the table and not have to worry.”
Though the couple is still ironing out the menu, Bond said it will remain true to the restaurant’s name.
“Everything will be based in waffles and biscuits,” he said. “As far as biscuits go, we’ll have breakfast sandwiches like the classic bacon, egg and cheese, and different jams and things. For waffles we’ll have your standard waffles and ones with sweet toppings like yogurt, berries and granola.”
521 also will offer sides including breakfast potatoes, fried apples and yogurt parfaits. Bond said it will serve fresh-squeezed orange juice and coffee from a to-be-determined roaster.
The shop’s hours likely will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Bond said they want some menu items that lend themselves to lunchtime dining.
The 950-square-foot space will have seating for about 20, but Bond said the plan is for it to mostly be a grab-and-go spot for nearby workers.
“We knew we wanted to be in the downtown corridor and close to the big office and government buildings. It’s kind of in a crossroads of different activity,” he said.
521 Biscuits & Waffles is aiming to open in early April. It’s the couple’s first time as business owners, as Bond and Mejia Ruiz have degrees in urban planning and public health and nutrition.
The 102-year-old Centennial Building was redeveloped by Guy Blundon’s CMB Development in 2016. The $3.5 million renovation put 24 apartment units on the building’s top floors, with a second phase still in the works for an eight-story building on the adjoining lot along Sixth St.