Side Dishes: August First does dinner
According to co-owner Phil Merrick, making flatbread at August First  bakery and café was always on his list of things to do. “We actually expected to do it sooner, but every time we’d set a date we’d postpone it,” he says.
But with the help of eager staffers, he’s finally ready to make it happen. “At my other bakery [in Wadhams, N.Y.], we did it five or six times a year, and it was really fun,” Merrick says. In Burlington, “Flatbread Friday” will be weekly.
The first one is January 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., complete with unlimited salad and topped bread for $12, plus extra for quaffs. With a new “kegerator” in the house, drinks will probably include draft Switchback  and a less expensive bottled offering such as Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Although toppings will change weekly — perhaps even hourly, depending on who’s slinging the “pies” — Merrick guarantees that meat eaters, vegetarians and cheese heads will always find a suitable selection.
The number of brews and the decision to add music — or not — will all depend on the crowd. “Ideally everybody will show up, and we’ll all have fun together and we can try lots of different things,” says Merrick.