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Finding a good sandwich in Williamsburg, especially one made with house-baked bread, isn’t easy. So Dan Cipriani, the owner of the Lodge, a casual eatery in the neighborhood, and The Tainted Lady, a bar that sits beside it, thought it was time to give the locals what they craved.

In June, he opened the Lodge General Store, a shop that functions as a gourmet pantry, coffee and juice bar and take-out counter.

"We bake all the breads and desserts and roast all the meats here in our kitchen," Cipriani says. "There’s none of that deli stuff."

Most of the ingredients he uses are organic. "That’s one reason our sandwiches are such a big deal," he adds.

And, he’s aware of the many vegetarians and vegans in the area, so for every turkey club (house-baked white bread, roasted turkey, avocado, bacon and tomato), there’s a non-meat version like the "Un-Turkey" (pictured), a club that employs "tempeh" (soybean cake) in place of the meat.

All the coffee brewed on the premises is fair trade and organic. In keeping with the Lodge’s ski-themed interior, its offspring sports a similar plaster ceiling, unfinished wood walls and aged, hardwood floors as the parent ship.

Lodge General Store (318 Grand St. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg) accepts cash only. Sandwiches: $4-$7; salads start at $6.50. The store is open from 8 am to 11 pm daily. For more information, call (718) 486-9400.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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