Remember The Sandwich Lab? Every month or two, Hamiltons’ on First & Main would post a social media announcement about a new creation from the Hamiltons’ kitchen team. There would be only about a dozen available, and to claim one, you would need to to see the announcement as soon as it was posted, and call immediately. The sandwiches would sell out in minutes. And, they were worth the fuss. Like this one. Or this. “Better living through better sandwiches,” was the lab’s motto. Those who were lucky enough to snag one will be very happy about the latest restaurant news.
The man behind Sandwich Lab, Hamiltons’ chef Curtis Shaver, is opening what he is calling a “cycle-centric tavern and bike kitchen that celebrates the culture of a good ride, cold beer and righteous sandwiches.” In partnership with Hamiltons’ Greg Vogler and Bill Hamilton, Peloton Station will be at 114 10th Street NW, formerly home to Cville Classic Cars.
A Chef and His Sandwiches
Once named one of Charlottesville’s Rising Star Chefs, Shaver was first lured to town by Craig Hartman, to help launch Fossett’s at Keswick Hall. He then served as sous chef of Duner’s for several years before becoming Chef de Cuisine of Hamiltons’ in 2013. But, as adept as he is at white-table-cloth cuisine, he has always had a passion for sandwiches.
If The Sandwich Lab was an occasional outlet for that passion, Peloton Station will be its permanent home. This is Sandwich Lab level stuff. Shaver’s two favorites are named after his parents. Big Mike is grilled mortadella, salami, capicola, provolone, mozzarella, cherry pepper olive salad, and pico de lettuce on a pressed baguette. The Peg is smoked house pastrami, gruyere cheese, pickled cabbage, and comeback sauce, on toasted rye.
But, it’s not just about carnivores. Vogler’s favorite, for example, is the Rivanna Trail: green pea kofta with minted cucumber radish salad, green harissa, feta labneh, and pickled carrot on a baguette. And for Hamilton, it’s the Coyote: beer battered catfish, chili honey glaze, jicama slaw, cilantro lime tartar Sauce, on an Albemarle Baking Co. bun.
Shaver also has a passion for beer, and the focus at Peloton Station is “tall boys and drafts.” The opening list includes favorites like Founders All Day IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin, and Stiegl Grapefruit Radler.
One other passion of Shaver’s is cycling, and the theme pervades the space, with bikes hanging from the ceilings and bike route maps on the walls. Having seen cycling hangouts in other cities, Shaver thought Charlottesville could use one, too. And the Charlottesville cycling community is already embracing it, with a group of cyclists having already dropped in this week after a long ride. There is even an onsite bike shop, where your bike can get a tune-up while you enjoy a beer and a bite. Sit at the shop-side bar and watch the mechanic at work.
Peloton Station is open this weekend, August 10-11, Friday and Saturday 11-11. Then, it will reopen Tuesday, with hours Monday through Friday 11-11, Saturday 10-12, and Sunday 10-9.