Wednesday Women representatives Mary Penn, President, and Shonte Jelneck, Office Administrator, met for a virtual brunch on the 25th of August at Brick & Spoon, a Maitland Chamber member and breakfast franchise in the Villages at Lake Lily. With opening hours between 7 am - 2 pm every day, the restaurant specializes in Southern, Louisiana-style food. After ordering the irresistible Bananas Foster French Toast, Shonte introduced the restaurant owner Kentrail Davis to the group.
Previously a professional baseball player, Kentrail explained how he moved into the restaurant industry because of his sister, who owns two restaurants in Louisiana. What makes Kentrail’s restaurant stand out from other Brick & Spoons is their executive chef, who offers weekly specials not available on any other franchise menu. Out of all 12 franchises, his restaurant in Maitland is the only Brick & Spoon in Florida. Shonte commented that the location is ideal for brunch because of its neighborhood feel.
Like many hospitality businesses, Brick & Spoon have felt the effects of COVID-19. Kentrail mentioned that Brick & Spoon opened on February 9th earlier this year, operating only for a month and two weeks before having to close their dining room during the lockdown. He also explained how they have to operate at 25% occupancy because of current regulations. Despite opening just before the pandemic, Kentrail grew his business from 3 employees to 25. Thankfully, they have done well, selling meals for takeout and offering UberEats.
They were interrupted by the arrival of Mary's Redfish platter and Shonte’s Bananas Foster French toast, which looked as delicious as it sounds. Kentrail brought up his businesses’ Bloody Mary mix and Pepper Sauce which is for sale and is highly recommended for omelets. Other menu specialties include beignets, grits, a creole omelet, as well as shrimp and avocado sandwiches, which are just some of Kentrail’s favorites. Kentrail's chef sent over their Wednesday special Jambalaya and an order of Fried Green Tomatoes, that Mary and Shonte said were "AMAZING".
After our meeting, Nilsa P. went to Brick & Spoon and commented: “The food blew my mind. Kentrail was so kind to us...provided excellent service although he had a full house. The Chamber made this happen and it is important to highlight the difference you are making. Thank you for all that you do.”
Brick & Spoon have been an active contributor to Maitland Chamber. They appeared in our “We Are Open” video that debuted earlier in June. They were also an active sponsor at our 2020 Tales of Two Cities Charity Golf Tournament, providing their iconic Bloody Mary mix for our drink cart.
Brick & Spoon’s Bloody Mary is highly recommended by customers, including Jennifer M. She writes: “My son and I also went to Brick and Spoon last weekend and had an absolutely wonderful experience. Kentrail was very kind, the food was delicious and we had excellent service.”
Wednesday Women hope to plan a Happy Hour in the future after COVID-19 calms down, making the most of their bloody marys and mimosas.
For more information about Brick and Spoon, please visit their website: http://brickandspoonorlando.com/.