Pop-Up Boxwood Biscuit Co. Makes it Permanent in Short North
Pop-up Boxwood Biscuit Co. is graduating to a permanent space.
The biscuit-focused operation which ran out of Law Bird Bar, 740 S. High St. in the Brewery District, from August to December 2020 will head for its own brick-and-mortar at 19 W. Russel St. in Short North.
Boxwood Biscuit Co. is a collaboration between bar owners Luke Pierce and Annie Williams Pierce and chef Tyler Minnis, formerly of Angry Bear Kitchen and The Market Italian Village.
Initially, the operation started to keep four-month-old Law Bird’s kitchen occupied and cash flowing during the pandemic.
“It became our mission to conceptualize a new business, and the team that would make it happen,” Annie says. “We have wanted to work with Tyler for a LONG time, but with how busy we all were (preCOVID) we hadn’t quite figured out how to make it happen before that point.”
Thus the weekend brunch pop-up was born. Boxwood Biscuit’s menu featured its signature square biscuits in a variety of presentations – with spreads, in biscuit and gravy flights, and as the foundation for breakfast sandwiches.
The trio kept things open as to the concept’s future.
“We have always been of the mindset that if it works, GREAT! And if it needed to be put to bed after some time, that’s fine too,” Annie says. “Honestly, that’s the beauty of the pop-up model.”
However, they found Boxwood Biscuit Co. had some permanence, and Law Bird would need its kitchen back eventually.
“The decision to make it a permanent fixture was not one we took lightly, but we knew it was the right thing to do,” Annie says. “Our weekends were becoming busier and busier, and we began talking about operating the concept within its own space, not just making it work out of the Law Bird kitchen.”
Permanent fixture will take Boxwood Biscuit Co. from weekend brunch pop-up to all-day eatery, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also a major addition to the menu: fried chicken.
The new menu will feature some smaller, more manageable weekday breakfast options. Fried chicken will appear in sandwiches, salads and buckets, with sides, sauces, and, yes, biscuits. Vegan versions of the biscuits and fried chicken are also in the works.
Pop-up fans and new diners will have to wait until the permanent Short North location opens, likely in early spring, to get their fix. Boxwood is on hold at Law Bird.
As for opening a restaurant during the pandemic, Boxwood was born out of the pandemic, and ready to keep making things work. They’ll continue to focus on carryout, but the new space does allow for dine-in when the time is right.
Boxwood Biscuit Co. is taking over the home of short-lived Belgian Iron Wafle Co., inheriting many of the necessary staples to get things up and running. However, the restaurant has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to cross the finish line, asking for $40,000 for additional equipment, inventory and payroll. (Learn more here.)
As for Law Bird, the bar aims to return to service by early summer, but currently offers wine, cocktails and snacks to-go.
For more information, visit boxwoodbiscuitco.com.