From The Suburban (where G-Zen currently calls home), to Tacuba Taco Bar, to Waterhouse, opening three restaurants in three years would probably be enough for anybody.
But for the Franco-Camacho clan, it is just the beginning.
Suzette Franco-Camacho announced yesterday through her Facebook page that they would be opening “Seawich Sandwich Shop” here in Branford. Following the buzz on local sites surrounding the new restaurant opening near Stop & Shop, and the mass craving for it to be a Panera Bread, Suzette and her husband, Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho, stepped up to answer the call with their response: the Seawich Sandwich. They will offer a menu that is unique, local, fresh, homemade and will include a design your own salad station (with all-fresh ingredients, including homemade salad dressing!), homemade soups, custom-made sandwiches and paninis with homemade breads, a grilled-cheese station, a smoothie station, and sweets.
(As they continue to build out their menu, they are looking for your input! What do you want to see in a lunchtime restaurant? What are you sick of eating every week or wanting to try? Let them know on their ongoing Facebook conversation.)
They currently operate their multi-restaurant property on Main Street. Seawich will be sandwiched directly between Waterhouse (at 1209 Main) and Tacuba (at 1205 Main). They are hoping to open on Feb. 11. Suzette says that the shop will be an ongoing experiment.
To start they will be open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch service. Based on support and demand, they plan to be flexible with their operation hours and potentially expand their services into Saturdays and to dinner.
Flexibility and ease will be king at the new town location. Whether you want to come in and sit down, grab and go, or pre-order (through the accessible texting, Facebook, or online order form options), they have designed the new service with everyone in mind.
“We want everyone to feel welcome and make it easy for everyone. If someone is in a rush or has kids in the car, they can call us when they are here and we will run it out to them,” explains Suzette.
In addition to Seawich, the entrepreneurial couple will continue operating Tacuba Taco Bar (featuring a family friendly menu with items no more than $15) and Waterhouse Oyster Bar (four-star food with a casual dining experience). Both restaurants are open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.
In addition to the new shop, don't forget to see our very own local celebrity chef, Chef Arturo, as the cover story of the December issue of Connecticut Magazine. The magazine gave Waterhouse a rating of "Extraordinary"! Check out the review here.