EP Kitchen on Main Street offers authentic empanadas

EP Kitchen on Main Street offers authentic empanadas

Pablo Rodriguez Masjoan, owner of EP Kitchen, left, and fellow cook Gonzalo Pinero present their Brooklyn Pastrami sandwich last Friday. The eatery is now open at 250 Main St. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET – Pablo Rodriguez Masjoan says his newly opened EP Kitchen, in the front window space of the Still on Main mall at 250 Main St., has a simple but unique recipe for success: A quality Brooklyn-style deli with a fresh Argentinian twist.

Rodriguez Masjoan, a native of Argentina, has lived in the Darlington area of Pawtucket for more than two decades and has been involved in all sorts of local organizations and causes, including youth soccer.

Argentina is a country of food lovers, he said, and he’s using his extensive background in restaurants and food to bring his expertise in one of that country’s favorites, Argentinian-style empanadas, to the local food scene. Meat-filled empanadas are made fresh, and meats for sandwiches are also sliced fresh to order.

Prices at EP Kitchen are very affordable, he said, which is helping draw a steadily increasing clientele in the first two weeks of being open. He says he wants to help grow the downtown’s business base and make it a better place.

His goal is to always do the right thing in business, says the owner, and part of that is to take feedback and keep improving. It’s wonderful, he said, to be part of a group of owner-occupied businesses at the new Still on Main, where businesses are supporting each other and growing the overall brand.

EP Kitchen serves breakfast in addition to its regular daily lunch and dinner menu. Empanadas can be paired with the restaurant’s Argentinian chimichurri sauce and homemade chipotle sauce. The restaurant also specializes in charcuterie and cheese boards with olives and nuts.

Sandwiches include the Brooklyn Pastrami, the New Yorker, the New York Italian, and the Ham Salami and Cheese. A classic garden salad is also available. Drinks include iced coffee.

Hours of operation at EP Kitchen are Monday, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

Visit www.epkitchen.org for more. The number to call is 401-365-4005.