The Eastcut idea was birthed in July 2017 by founders Brad Bankos and Steve Wuench - originally hailing from New Jersey and The Bronx (respectively). They grew up surrounded by delicatessens, mile-high sandwiches, and perfectly baked bread. Life led them both to Durham around the same time and after a short time here they succumbed to her splendors - proud to call the Bull City home. The only catch, they missed the sandwiches they grew up on…hence, Eastcut.
After conception, it took a year to write a menu, find a spot, and open the doors (on July 16, 2018 to be exact). Eastcut resides on Old Chapel Hill Road, tucked among several Durham neighborhoods and five minutes south of Duke. Everything about Eastcut, from location to design, is intentionally casual, comfortable, approachable - a neighborhood shop, which has become a favorite hangout for families and students alike.
Eastcut’s culinary goal is to provide chef-driven, homemade food (think housemade mozzarella) at a good value. The menu features traditions from up and down the East Coast - an attempt to make both transplants and hometowners feel welcome. Alongside the hand-crafted food is a variety of craft beer, cider, and wine – as well as house cocktails and now famous Adult Slushes.
The grounds at Eastcut have a natural, airy vibe and offer ample outdoor seating – the unique atmosphere stems from the building’s roots as the Family Garden store. The former greenhouse behind the restaurant is now an all-year, covered beer garden – perfect for lounging away an afternoon or catching the big game on the outdoor TVs. When you arrive to our “Sandwich Utopia,” leave your cares at the door, head to the counter to place your order, and prepare to sip/chew your way to nirvana.