Even though chef/owner Jon Hunt would rather keep this on the down-low, Sparks is indeed open. When Hunt (owner of al Vento and Rinata) moved into the Bryn Mawr neighborhood he fell in love with the old Bryn Mawr Coffee Shop, gutted the place, and installed a big wood-fired oven. It's slick, super minimalist, has a small but enticing menu, and in a quick nutshell: It's that chill neighborhood eatery you wish was within walking distance. The menu starts with small plates that includes ziti and cheese, Catalan garlic soup, and potato lasagna which was a nice little cast iron crock with toasty rich layered potatoes, duxelles, and cheese. There are currently four pizzas, the truffle asparagus has actual flecks of black truffle (shut up, truffle oil), and the chicken pocket sandwich was a rotund little pita pulled from the oven and stuffed with a roasted chicken and veg mix that was spicy and crunchy fresh. [caption id="attachment_2876" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Roasted chicken pocket sandwich"]
[/caption] There are a few roasted meats, a duck casserole and baby back rib cannelloni, plus mussles, vegan/gluten free options, and a sweet little kids section. There's a nice beer and wine list, locals on tap, and a round of sake which is used in at least a couple of cocktails. Brunch started on Sunday, lunch will be coming soon. The roughly 30 seats (a row of wooden banquets, a few tables, and bar seating) grows when the garage doors open and the patio pops up, but it's still a small space. The neighborhood has been packing it for a week already and will likely give you the stink-eye if you make it so they can't get a table (you would do the same) ... so be nice.