But instead of finding a new property at which to carry out his dream, he decided to carve out a 300-square-foot section of his beloved Buccan to start slinging baguettes out of.
His newly opened The Sandwich Shop at Buccan has the Palm Beach lunch crowd in a frenzy.
The Sandwich Shop at Buccan's lobster roll — Photo courtesy of The Sandwich Shop at Buccan
Each night, Conley preps a little over 100 baguettes for the next day's Sandwich Shop lunch crowd. The shop opens daily at 11 a.m. and remains open until 3:30 p.m. or whenever the last piece of bread goes.
Lines for The Sandwich Shop have been out the door since inception, so get there early or prepare for a sell-out followed by hunger and then depression.
The interior is just a four-seat counter with a prep area. Sandwiches are prepared and pressed right in front of patrons in made-to-order fashion, usually by Conley himself and an assistant.
Some of the ideas for certain sandwiches came from the Buccan and Imoto menus and subsequent ingredient lists. All come on the aforementioned baguettes made in-house, and they can be complemented with proprietary potato chips as well. Prices are reasonable and range between $9 to $11, unless you opt for the lobster roll.
If you're in need of a hot sandwich, you can't go wrong with the short rib or the Reuben. As for the unheated variety, the smoked yellowfin tuna and the classic turkey club are must-orders.
The Sandwich Shop enlists the help of Buccan's pastry chef, so certain sweets like cookies and brownies are also made available for those with a sweet tooth.
You can try your luck at standing in line when The Sandwich Shop opens at 11, or enlist the help of local delivery service Cravy to have a sandwich delivered to your hotel or place of residence.
The lunch crowd on Palm Beach hasn't had a lot of options when it comes to reasonably priced, quick, on-the-go-type meals. Outside of trekking to Publix or by golly over the bridge to West Palm Beach, one better have hoped to have a fridge well-stocked with cold cuts if they were going to make it through lunch without starving or shelling out some major scratch.
The Sandwich Shop at Buccan allows one to order up a delicious, gourmet sandwich at an affordable price without leaving the island.
Come and see what all the fuss is about next time you're victim of the noon tummy grumbles.