Bruce Mead has worked in restaurants his whole life, but didn’t considered opening his own place until he saw a For Rent sign on East Market Street.
“It was an opportunity that seemed too good to pass up,” explained the owner of The Upper Crust, Georgetown’s newest coffee shop and restaurant. “I called the landlord that night and 10 weeks later we were all moved in.”
Located directly across the street from the Sussex County Courthouse, The Upper Crust features a court-themed menu with drinks listed as “Opening Arguments,” breakfast items are labeled as “The Prosecution Presentation,” sandwiches and salads are included under the heading “The Defense Presentation,” and desserts are naturally listed as “The Closing Arguments.”
“A lot of our business comes from the courts and local law offices, so we decided to have some fun with it while playing to our market,” Mead said. “A lot of our customers get a kick out of it and I think it fits with our location.”
The fare at The Upper Crust is designed to be fresh, fun and offer something for everyone, including vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
“Everything is homemade,” Mead said. “That includes all the muffins, pastries and other baked goods, and even the salad dressings and croutons that go on the salads.”
Breakfast dishes, which are served until 11 a.m., include a spinach and mushroom frittata on a whole grain roll with cheddar or pepper jack cheese, fresh baked oatmeal flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar, cranberry-pecan granola with low-fat yogurt, Danishes and a daily assortment of fresh-baked muffins.
Lunch includes five made-to-order sandwiches, including The Superior, The Chancery, The Family, The Common Plea and The Uncommon Plea. Also available are three types of salads and a quiche that go by names like The Circuit Court, The Jury’s Back, The Appeal and The Last Chance.
“Everything on our menu has been well received but definitely the most popular is the Superior,” Mead said. “It’s white meat chicken tossed with Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, celery and red onion with a little bit of mayo, served on a whole grain roll with greens.”
Desserts, which run about $2, include the Rehoboth Chocolate Fest grand prize winning Derby Bar, daily cupcake flavors, carrot cake cookies and biscotti. Sticky buns also are available on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Upper Crust also serves fair trade, organic coffee from Panache and Twinings of London teas, all of which can be made hot or cold.
While the cozy restaurant only includes one table and a bar counter indoors, seating also is available out back near The Upper Crust’s onsite herb garden.
In addition to offering healthy fare and tasty treats, Mead said it also was important to him that The Upper Crust act as a gallery space for local artists who otherwise not have an opportunity to show their work.
Page 2 of 2 - The first featured artist was Lewes resident Elizabeth Collard, the vice president of the Delaware Watercolor Society. This week, Isabel Pizzolato of Milton will showcase her watercolors at the restaurant, including a meet-the-artist event from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday.
“I really like having the artists’ work hanging in the coffee shop because it really brings something to the space,” Mead said. “And I think it’s been pretty successful for them because we’ve already sold several paintings.”