Phantom Cafe Modern Eatery & Catering Co., helmed by chef and proprietor Nicholas Bean, opened recently at 1813 Frankfort Avenue in premises formerly occupied by Boujie Biscuit. From the Facebook page comes this mission statement:
Small cafe located on the Frankfort Avenue strip, offering a variety of cafe style sandwiches, wraps,& salads. Focuses on locally sourced ingredients & southern dishes incorporating modern cooking techniques.
Prior to the opening of Bean’s bricks ‘n’ mortar, Phantom Cafe was a vehicle for his well-regarded pop-up food events around town, and the chef’s social media feeds and website currently skew toward the concept’s previous focus; however, Louisville Business First’s reporter Haley Cawthon has contributed a valuable overview.
Phantom Cafe, currently open Wednesday through Sunday, offers a menu of soups, salads and specialty sandwiches and wraps. It also offers all day brunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with more breakfast-style offerings.
In an interview Tuesday, (Chef Nicholas) Bean told me he originally approached Boujie Biscuit owner Cynthia Joyner in the search of some prep kitchen space for his pop up events. Instead, she offered him a more interesting proposition.
“We came to an agreement that I could be under her restaurant license as basically subsidiary of Boujie Biscuit,” he said, noting that he is subleasing the property from Joyner. “She’s paying it forward by helping another young African American entrepreneur looking to get his feet wet.”