Two North Fork sisters have combined their talents in Southold to open new breakfast and lunch spot Wednesday’s Table, which welcomed its first customers December 1.
“What we wanted to bring to the North Fork was some diversity in food that we felt was missing, in a more casual environment,” co-owner and manager Lena Tanzi says. Her sister, Linh Trieu, is the co-owner and chef of this counter service restaurant, which Tanzi says is an alternative to the fork’s many formal dining restaurants.
Trieu has worked in restaurants and cooking for 10 years, and wanted to go off and have a business on her own, Tanzi explains. They also decided to forgo dinner and strictly serve breakfast and lunch only, so they could have a life outside of Wednesday’s Table.
Tanzi, who splits her time between Peconic and Brooklyn, worked in financial services for 17 years, and now she runs the business side of Wednesday’s Table.
Ironically, Wednesday is the only day of the week when their restaurant is closed.
“There is a story behind the name,” Tanzi says. “It’s called Wednesday’s Table in tribute to our father.” They grew up in an immigrant family and their father, Phil Trieu, who has since passed on, worked multiple jobs and very long hours. “He had Wednesdays off. We think of Wednesdays as our family time.”
Wednesday’s Table focuses on specialty sandwiches and salads, with a variety of influences. Among the sandwiches on the menu are a Greek gyro, eggplant caprese melt, mushroom truffled grilled cheese and Vietnamese bánh mì. The salads have fun names, like My Big Fat Greek Salad, South by Southwest Salad, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Salad.
In the morning, pick up a breakfast sandwich or authentic New York City bagel. Wednesday’s Table also serves soups and sweets, plus organic coffee and tea.
Take-out is a large part of the business, but there are six tables and 16 to 20 seats available for staying and enjoying food. “In the summertime we will have some outdoor seating; in the wintertime we have a screened in porch room,” Tanzi says.
Wednesday’s Table is located at 53345 Main Road, Southold, open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 631-876-5251. Visit wednesdays-table.com for the full menu.