Since neighborhood diner, Rae Rae’s Cafe, closed up shop last September after five years in business, the space at 5701 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg laid vacant. But come mid-January, the 2,400-square-feet space will be home to The Crumb Factory.
Prior to acquiring the building, The Crumb Factory customers could get their loaves and pastries through delivery orders. Established in April of this year, it wasn't long before the business realized it could spread its wings to bigger endeavors. In August the bakery took to Facebook to announce the move from delivery to an official storefront.
"Because of you we have decided to step up and dare to grow," reads the post. The announcement went on to thank its supporters and to stay tuned for updates on the forthcoming storefront.
In an interview with Tampa Bay Times, owners, and childhood friends, Pablo Mardones and Felipe Zavala shared that the new artisan bread bakery is set to offer naturally-leavened loaves alongside a selection of French pastries, sandwiches, breakfast dishes and charcuterie to-go.
The duo grew up in Chile, where bread is a much bigger deal than the ‘Burg.
“In Chile, we have a really big bread culture,” Mardones told the publication. “Bread is present in every meal. We’re both foodies and have a passion for cooking, and we wanted to offer something that’s not really available here in the city.”
That means hefty two-pound sourdough country loaves, as well as classic bakery finds like whole wheat loaves, baguettes and ciabatta. Also expect an arrangement of freshly baked pastries at your fingertips.
Foodies, get ready to embrace the budding bread culture in the 'Burg.
Until its projected opening in mid-January, you can stay up-to-date on progress through The Crumb Factory's Instagram (@crumbfactorybakery).
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