Bread & Cup

For the past 10 years, Bread & Cup has served up inventive, farm-to-table comfort food for the downtown community. 

Earlier this year, Bread & Cup found new ownership under Nick Cusick and partners, while retaining the involvement of its original owners. 

Executive Chef and founder of the restaurant Kevin Shinn spoke with Downtown Lincoln about the changes Bread & Cup has seen, and where the restaurant is headed.

Downtown Lincoln: Since finding new owners for Bread and Cup, has the business seen any major changes?

Chef Kevin Shinn: Not much.  We have created a new menu format that allows us to change our menu with the seasons.  Regulars will recognize some cosmetic changes like new tables tops, carpet and paint.

DLA: You've created two really unique and fun current recurring events at Bread & Cup: Supper Club & Eat Your Vegetables. Could you talk a bit about each of these? Where you got the idea from, why they're important to Bread & Cup and its customers?

Shinn: We are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and do things a little differently.  These two events are very affordable, which is a big consideration to our guests. And they provide a unique dining option that is entertaining and educational.

DLA: 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Bread & Cup. How has the restaurant evolved and grown since its opening?

Shinn: When we first opened in 2007 we only had one menu.  From there we added hot breakfast menu, a Thursday pizza night, Friday Pasta and Saturday Market Meal.  When the arena opened three years ago, we made a shift away from Friday/Saturday nights to Saturday/Sunday mornings with a brunch.  This has helped us adapt to the changing environment in the Haymarket.

DLA: What plans do you have for or hope to see in Bread & Cup's future?

Shinn: It’s hard to predict where the market is going.  The arena has changed the Haymarket from a quaint little neighborhood to a full-bore event and entertainment district.  The demands of concertgoers are different than the average business traveler staying in a local hotel on a Tuesday night.  So the question remains, “Who do we aim at?”  It’s my hope that we can continue to add to the diversity of the market and provide an interesting alternative to the average fare.

Bread & Cup is located at 440 N 8th St #150

Its hours are: 

Sunday: 9 AM – 2 PM

Monday: 7 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday-Friday: 7 AM – 2 PM, 5 – 9 PM

Saturday: 8 AM – 2 PM, 5 – 9 PM


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