There are two more food options in downtown Murfreesboro at The Curious Kitchen Cafe and Brass Horn Coffee Roasters.
So whether you’re up for a breakfast sandwich, lunchtime treat or gourmet meal, these restaurants have you covered.
Nearly two years after opening the Brass Horn Coffee Roasters brick-and-mortar location at 410 W. Lytle St., owner Jeremy Florida has added food to the menu.
“I’ve been wanting to start serving some food because I felt like there was something missing from our offerings,” said Florida, who opened Brass Horn in November 2019. “We were losing customers to other coffee shops because they had food and we didn’t. We also had people bringing food to the shop (to have with coffee).”
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Nearly 10 years ago, Florida began roasting beans as a hobby. Four years ago he started selling bags of his beans commercially. Demand, and encouragement from his brand fans, prompted him to open a café.
When it came to planning a food menu, Florida said he took his time creating a selection of made-to-order items that would complement hand-crafted coffee and tea drinks at Brass Horn.
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Brass Horn owner Jeremy Florida shows the process of roasting and brewing.
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For now the menu is simple, but gourmet, and all items are around $6.
You’ll find breakfast sandwiches and oversized burritos with house-made salsa, Nutella-banana toast topped with bacon crumbles and cayenne-honey drizzle, avocado toast, bagels with flavored cream cheese spreads, and a granola-yogurt bowl with berries and pumpkin seeds.
Many of the ingredients that make up the menu are locally sourced, like whole-wheat and sourdough breads from neighboring Simply Pure Sweets bakery and sausage from The Hamery across the street.
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Florida also hired pastry chef Christina Henson, who bakes a rotating selection of muffins, sweet breads, cookies and scones in house.
“We’ll usually always have a blueberry muffin and banana-chocolate chip bread … and chocolate chip cookies,” Florida said.
Kelsey Hannah came on board this year as Brass Horn’s new head coffee roaster.
Eventually Florida will expand the menu. Until then, he plans to continue catering, cooking and coffee roasting. Email email@example.com for details.
Brass Horn is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Moving a cooking school and cafe into a new space has been a long and arduous process for The Curious Kitchen owners Helena Spensatelli and daughter, Rachel Spensatelli.
But finally, after a year of construction snags and delays due to COVID-19, The Curious Kitchen Cafe will open Monday, Aug. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are so excited we get to open. We are passionate about making really good, healthy foods for people,” Helena Spensatelli said.
The Curious Kitchen first opened in 2014 on Northfield Boulevard, where it operated as a school and cafe for over six years.
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In January 2020, the duo bought a building at 327 E. State St. to relocate their business. Three months later the pandemic brought the world to a halt and . The building process proved to be more complicated than expected. The former warehouse was gutted and a garage was transformed into an alleyway for a newly constructed parking lot.
But by the fall The Curious Kitchen cooking classes and kids’ camps resumed, and it gave them time for other projects like procuring a vegetable garden.
As much as possible, the Spensatellis will use locally sourced and organic products and produce.
“We will do a lot of things out of our little garden, spice wise, plus I have my garden,” Helena Spensatelli said.
The main menu will feature gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, quiche and soups.
“Every day we’ll have two to three different kinds of homemade soups, two daily specials and we can accommodate for vegetarian and glute-free,” Helena Spensatelli said.
There’s even a kids’ sandwich, named for Rachel Spensatelli’s son, Sammie, that comes with the crust removed upon request “because some kids don’t like that,” Helena Spensatelli joked.
Menu items range from $9 to $12. Sides and soups are $3 to $6.
For meal-prep fans, The Curious Kitchen will offer power bowls you can customize. Choose a base, protein and dressing. Vegetables vary by season. Each one is paleo, Whole 100, gluten free, carb free and protein packed. Buy one for $12 or five for $60.
Learn more about the menu and cooking classes at thecuriouskitchen.net/.
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