The Daily Feast diner is taking over the short-lived, vinyl-booth-clad Dime Store venue in Downtown—formerly home to Leo's Non-Smoking Coffee Shop for 30 long years. Opening this Monday, May 23, The Daily Feast will serve a menu of diner classics, with quite a few contemporary twists, for breakfast, lunch, early dinner, and grab-and-go, with everything from homemade sticky buns, to "triple strength" homemade chicken noodle soup.
First-time restaurant owner Christine Burmeister Guivernau tells Eater The Daily Feast is equally inspired by the small-town Connecticut diners of her youth and the Spanish cafes she frequented when living in Madrid with her family. "I want The Daily Feast to be a place where you could eat every meal, every day, without getting fat, sick, broke, or bored," says Burmeister Guivernau. "I want this to be everyone's place Downtown, from Lincoln kids, to Downtown workers."
Chef Mario López Vargas helms the kitchen, having spent the last eight years cooking at the South American restaurant, Andina. In the mornings, the health-conscious will find "nutrient-dense" smoothies, bowls, and a breakfast salad combining lettuce with grapefruit, and those hurrying to work will find grab-and-go coffee, Bowery bagels, and egg sandwiches. For the rest of us, there are omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, and $6 breakfast burritos (see full menu below).
For lunch, The Daily Feast serves more traditional fare: burgers, grilled cheese, a tuna salad sandwich, and salads, along with the occasional ringer, like homemade ribollita soup and chicken tinga tostadas. Wash it all down with a milkshake or egg cream, or go all-in with a homemade dessert.
Starting this Monday, The Daily Feast will operate Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with plans to soon add brunch. Burmeister Guivernau originally launched The Daily Feast as a catering and meal delivery service in Portland in 2013.