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"It was very dark inside," he told Wingard, who explained that the space is so sunny now because the partners uncovered one of the plate-glass windows that had been blocked by a set of store shelves. Now the windows have curtains made from burlap coffee bags, and the Tomato trio has added more light by replacing all of the old bulbs in the marquee-style sockets above windows that date back to the 1920s.
I stared at an old brick mansion across the street while Bob finished a thick egg-salad sandwich, which he loved. "We sell a lot of egg salad," Wingard said, "although I'm not sure why."
I know why. There aren't many cafés in Kansas City that still sell egg-salad sandwiches, let alone bake their own bread, sell butter by the stick and crush ice every morning for the snow cone crowd. As hard as I try, I can't think of even one other combination coffeehouse, sandwich shack and grocery that's quite like You Say Tomato, in this century or any other.