Restaurateur Bryan Merker has had such a success with his beignet-and-coffee concept at the City Market (the breakfast-and-lunch cafe, Beignet, opened in May) that he opened a second Beignet, serving the same menu as the City Market location, on Saturday in the narrow storefront formerly occupied by a carryout hot-dog stand at 1710 West 39th Street.
"It was a soft opening," Merker says. "It took a week to get this place in shape. On Saturday, I just came in and turned on the open sign."
Unlike the City Market location, the 39th Street Beignet will offer a full array of lattes, cappuccinos, machiattos and espresso beverages, as well as the chicory-spiced coffee and Louisiana-style sweet tea served in the River Market.
Merker, who recently changed the culinary concept of his two-year-old Nica's 320 restaurant to a Cajun-style restaurant, is also working on two more restaurant concepts to be launched this year.
Beignet on West 39th is open seven days a week, serving from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.