Rybread: A couple's journey leads to Fairmount

New in Fairmount:

Rybread (2319 Fairmount Ave.), a breakfast-slash-sandwich cafe from career-changing architect Ryan Pollock.

Not that Pollock career-changed by choice. The central Montco-raised 25-year-old was in D.C. with his girlfriend Stephanie Mertz when he was laid off.

In the true "when-things-are-down" spirit, the couple embarked on a road trip. They hit more than 20 states over seven weeks, snapping photographs all the way.

Once back, Pollock decided to open a cafe with Mertz and his father, Dennis, who left his corporate job at Wawa several years ago. They use pastry recipes from his mother, Roseanne. Sister Meghann works the counter, too.

Pollock put his training to great use; every square millimeter of the narrow storefront is utilized: There's a cozy seating area, which leads up to a couple of steps to the counter. Behind that are galley-size prep areas and way in the back is a covered patio.

Menu includes sandwiches/panini named for the cities Pollock and Mertz visited, and the walls are full of their photos. In addition to the usual stuff, there's a mean crabcake sandwich with chipotle mayo on brioche.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Menu is here.

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