Flattop & Salamander sounds like an intersection in a Tom Waits song, but it’s not. In fact, come September, it’ll be the Lents neighborhood’s newest brunch spot, which will serve fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and a Honduran special with eggs, homemade tortillas, avocado, crema, and a chile de arbol sauce.

The restaurant will take up digs in a former acupuncture studio in Lents on 92nd, and comes courtesy of bartenders Samantha Castle and journeyman line cook Todd Brown, both of Bar Mingo.

Both future owners say they dreamed of opening a breakfast joint back when they met while working at the Laurelwood Public House & Brewery back in the day, but waited for years until they found a place that worked for them.

Flattop & Salamander—two very important kitchen tools—will seat 60 with a full bar and some sofas on which to unwind.

Brown, who’s put in time at Gino’s and Podnah’s Pit, says he’s a “pleaser,” which is why nearly every dish will come in vegetarian or vegan form. But diner classics like Reubens, cheeseburgers, and hearty salads (Caesars and wedges) will primarily hold the fort.

Behind the bar, Castle will serve up brunch classics (bloodys, mimosas) and a coffee liqueur that’ll be spiked by homemade Irish cream, Fernet Branca, and a cinnamon and cayenne syrup. Dry drinks will include fresh and healthy smoothies.

Castle and Brown say they’re hoping to fire up the burners—and the cocktail shakers, and the flattop, and the salamander—sometime this September. When it opens, it’ll keep the hours of 7 am to 3 pm, daily.

Flattop & Salamander: 5814 SE 92nd