Taylor Gourmet’s comeback is officially underway. The temporarily defunct local sandwich chain, which closed 17 D.C. area shops less than a year ago, announced on its website today that it will reopen three locations: one downtown (1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW), one in Dupont Circle (1200 19th Street NW), and one at the Pike & Rose complex in North Bethesda (926 Rose Avenue).
Washingtonian reported in late April that developer Steve Kalifa bought the company at bankruptcy auction, acquiring all its recipes, trademarks, and social media accounts via a company called Source Cuisine LLC.
Brandon Dodrill, who spent five years as a district manager and director of catering for Taylor Gourmet, is now serving as vice president and chief operating officer. Dodrill tells Eater that the company is not yet ready to share opening dates for the stores, but “menu favorites are all coming back.” That would presumably include subs built with Italian cold cuts, roasted pork, and breaded chicken cutlets as well as arancini balls and a host of seasonal salads.
A few months ago, Taylor Gourmet founder Casey Patten opened Grazie Grazie, a hoagie shop at the Wharf with a strikingly similar menu to the chain that shut down in September 2018. At the time, the company claimed that an overly aggressive expansion led to its demise. But sources told Washingtonian at the time that Patten’s meeting with President Donald Trump for a small business summit in 2017 led to customer backlash and a massive decline in sales.