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Meet Breadbangers, a 'sandwich bar' in Riverside

Meet Breadbangers, a sandwich bar for your motley crew.

Breadbangers, a bar that specializes in sandwiches, opened earlier this month on Fort Avenue in Riverside.

You can even call Breadbangers a "sandwich bar," which is what the gang at Breadbangers calls their new family-friendly tavern, where the menu consists of a few salads, a daily soup and a changing 14-sandwich menu.

The establishment's name is, of course, a play on "headbangers," a term for fans of heavy metal music. And the sandwich names are plays on heavy-metal standards. Shrimp Start My Heart, a shrimp salad wrap, is take on Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart." Portobella Some Sugar on Me, a roasted mushroom panini sandwich, should make you think of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me." 

But Breadbangers isn't a heavy-metal bar, said manager Liz Snyder.

"It's got an 80s-90s rock theme," said Snyder, a former manager at Bluegrass Tavern, a restaurant in nearby South Baltimore. "We play all the rock music that you claim to hate but can't help but sing along to."

The owner is Brett Marshall, one of the partners in Bluegrass Tavern, which is located nearby in South Baltimore. Snyder said the inspiration for Breadbangers came from a few of the investors at Bluegrass.

"They love Bluegrass," Snyder said. "But they were always telling Brett that they also wanted a place that was more expansive, where they could come and drink and have a beer and sandwich and just hang out."

Breadbangers, Snyder said, is meant to be the "just hang out" place the Bluegrass partners were looking for. And for now, Snyder said, Breadbangers is a beer bar. A wine selection will arrive within the next few weeks, she said, as well as a small liquor selection. 

Snyder said that Breadbangers is trying to succeed at an address where former tenants -- including Tuscan Fresh, Ullswater, Sly Fox, and Soigne -- have not.

"This spot seems to have a quick turnover," Snyder said. "We are hoping we will weather the storm. We want it to be a friendly, local spot, the kind of place where you can have weekend lunch with kids. We're very fun and family friendly."

Snyder said that there are games for children in the tavern's first-floor back room.

The tavern is open Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Breadbangers is at 554 E. Fort Ave. For information call 410-617-0443 or go Breadbangers' Facebook page.

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