By: David Amirsadri
Despite my ten years of residence in East Greenwich, I regret to confess my unfamiliarity with local businesses and restaurants. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my first article for the Spectrum would be a review of the restaurant “Boxed Lunch,” located on 591 Main Street.
Boxed Lunch is a business in its early days An employee informed be that the restaurant had occupied its current location (formerly GQ barbershop) for only 6 weeks. Having done some digging a la “Dr. Google,” I happened upon the establishment’s fairly unfinished website. “We Love the 80’s and 90’s” informed a banner at the top of a webpage, just below a caption reading “YOUR PRODUCTS HERE!” The website’s “About” tab gives one excellent insight into the life and travels of the restaurant’s co-owner (which begs the question: who is the other owner?).
Upon entrance, it was noted that the establishment’s menu was fairly exhaustive, and strayed from the normal humdrum items of other restaurants. Boxed Lunch offers salads, a “signature” menu, and a “fit” menu as well. Desserts and beverages were also available for purchase. Prices ranged from $6.00 for breakfast sandwiches to $9.00 for items on their signature menu.
The food itself was decent and freshly prepared. I ordered the BLT wrap, and shared it with a relative. Both of us agreed that it was better than a rushed, squashed Subway sandwich. That said, I was not impressed with the food’s presentation, served to the customer in a nondescript brown bag. Unfortunately, the sad combination of decent food and sorry presentation makes me think that the above prices are perhaps a bit too lavish for the services offered.
The establishment’s atmosphere, however, could be improved. Let us first look at the glass (or in this case, the box) half full. Boxed Lunch clearly maintained an 80’s- 90’s theme, refreshingly different from your cliche, throwback fifties diner. Formerly the site of a barbershop, the new occupants had done a good job of smartening up the building, with a computer systems lining the walls, and a gargantuan Panasonic television running Donkey Kong in another corner. The setup could be more consumer-friendly, with only a single stool and table in the center of the building. The only other places to sit inside the restaurant were littered with gaming consoles. A culinary business, I feel, should strive to provide its customers with adequate arrangements for eating and conversing. While the theme helps, the lone stool detracts from the experience.
Boxed Lunch’s service also left, shall we say, something to be desired. In short, it was quite slow (the cook awkwardly chatted with the cashier, whilst touting the benefits of guacamole), though this is both understandable and forgivable for a business so early in its existence.
I would certainly recommend paying the establishment a visit, though I would recommend ordering your meal to go as perhaps some on site logistics need to be ironed out. Though still a business in its infancy, boxed lunch is certainly an establishment worth patronizing.