With the recent opening of a new sandwich shop at Buccan on Palm Beach Island, one has to wonder: does Clay Conley ever stop cooking?
Conley, who just a few months ago announced he'll be opening a new Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach, recently brought life to yet another lifelong dream. Starting last week, now he's also delivering hand-crafted baguette sandwiches for a hungry lunch crowd.
Dubbed simply the Sandwich Shop at Buccan, the small eatery opened Wednesday, December 17. Already, it's been a huge hit with lines out the door and a famished patronage ready to scarf down anything coming out of Conley's modest prep area.
The 300-square-foot space is nothing more than a storage closet turned four-seat lunch counter, what was once a back room at Buccan. Conley decided to carry out his mission close to home. The shop utilizes a small prep counter complete with an open-faced roasting oven and sandwich press. Here, Conley and an assistant pump out orders with both speed and precision.
"Since I was a young chef, all I ever wanted was a sandwich shop," said Conley in a recent interview. "So I decided to do it right here, at Buccan."
It makes for an easy transition for the chef, who goes from wrapping sandwiches by day, to prepping for the night at Buccan, all in the span of a few steps. The process begins each night, prepping dough for the 130 or so baguettes that will be used for the day's orders. Their baked fresh early each morning, and are gone by late afternoon.