Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village will welcome a restaurant with the grand opening of Henry's Sandwich Station (545 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale) this Saturday. The eatery, formerly known as Proper Sandwich Shop, is being launched by JEY Hospitality founder Marc Falsetto, the name behind TacoCraft, PizzaCraft, and Rok:Brgr.
The first 100 customers visiting on Monday, February 26, will receive a complimentary slice of the restaurant's homemade pie with the purchase of any menu item.
Last month, JEY Hospitality changed the name of the establishment in an effort to separate it from Proper Sausages, a Miami sandwich spot and meat purveyor. The new appellation is a nod to Henry Flagler and the building's history as a former pump station.
Falsetto says he traveled to more than a half-dozen cities to gain inspiration for the menu, which includes sandwiches, artisan toast, and homemade pies. There are locally baked breads, small-batch artisanal purveyors, and house-smoked and cured meats. "We went to places like New York City, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles," he says. "The idea was to see what others were doing and put our own culinary spin on these various iconic menu items."
Falsetto learned the most during his trip to Philadelphia, where he discovered the city's best sandwich wasn't the cheesesteak, but the Philly-style roast pork, which is loaded with tender pulled pork slow-roasted for hours and topped with provolone cheese and broccoli rabe.
At Henry's, the pork sandwich ($11) is made with heritage pork shoulder, sharp provolone, broccoli rabe, and a custom-made semolina baguette made by Fort Lauderdale's Gran Forno Bakery.
And rather than offer a traditional New York-inspired pastrami or corned beef sandwich, the Canadian-born Falsetto instead chose to offer a Montreal favorite: smoked meat. The sandwich ($12) presents what many consider a cross between cured corned beef and smoked brisket. At Henry's, it's served with spicy brown mustard on Zak the Baker rye bread.
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But the main attraction is the pies. "We're the first establishment in the area to offer a fully dedicated pie shop," he says.
Henry's sous-chef and baker Anna Davis, who formerly worked at Miami's ultrapopular the Salty Donut, has created a menu of from-scratch pies served by the slice ($6). A limited number of each flavor — ranging from banana cream and strawberry rhubarb to apple crumb and key lime — are made daily. Whole pies are sold by special order only.
Henry’s Sandwich Station is located adjacent to the train tracks and C&I Studios in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers dine-in seating, take-away, and local delivery.
Henry's Sandwich Station. 545 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-5538; henryssandwich.com. Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.