The psychic bond between Brooklyn and Portland grows stronger every day. One of the stars of the Portland, OR cheap eats scene, Bunk Sandwiches, is taking over the Max space at 740 Driggs Ave in Williamsburg. Max’s OpenTable and Seamless accounts are down, and nobody’s picking up the phone. An employee at the Tribeca location says the restaurant is just taking a vacation… Bunk is the brainchild of Lupa veteran Tommy Habetz and restaurateur Nick Wood. The duo currently operates five locations around Portland, plus a food truck and a ballpark outpost. The restaurant serves a mix of classic and quirky sandwiches made with top notch ingredients. Options include a pork belly Cubano, a pickled beet sandwich with goat cheese, and an albacore tuna melt, plus sides like carne asada fries and apple cabbage slaw. Former Milk Bar chef de cuisine Jake Adams will run the kitchen. The restaurant will offer counter-service, and the team got initial approval for a beer and wine license earlier this week.
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In its first venture outside Portland, Oregon, Bunk Sandwiches is bringing its “kids food for adults”–and “best breakfast sandwich ever”–to Williamsburg. The causal sandwich shop will replace well-loved Italian spot Max at its Driggs Avenue location on the corner of South 3rd Street later this year. The restaurant will offer counter service but also plenty of seating for a quick sit-down experience. For those who stay, there might be some rice-wine cocktails as well as a “really inventive punch program” (Brooklyn Community Board 3’s SLA Committee supported a wine and beer license at a meeting yesterday).
Bunk is hoping to open in late October or early November, just in time to do a holiday-themed turkey and stuffing sandwich special, though for many the change is bittersweet. Angelini said he’s a fan of Max himself and is sad to see the neighborhood favorite go.