Tartine Bakery fans should delight in this: The much lauded and loved bakery will be getting a second location next year at the Heath Ceramics showroom at 18th and Alabama. As Tablehopper reports, husband-and-wife owners Chad Robertson and Elizabeth Prueitt are taking a 5,000-square-foot space in the building that will become a combination bakery, restaurant, and commissary kitchen. There of course will still be the bakery operation at 18th and Guerrero, and the bread oven is still pumping out loaves at Bar Tartine, but the new space will serve as both a new outpost for baked delights as well as a second event-dining space and prep kitchen for Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns. They're hoping to be able to use it to host dinners with guest chefs without shutting down Bar Tartine for the event.
It's going to be a casual, lunch-oriented spot, and Heath has been hoping to have an on-site dining option for a while, for both its employees and customers, to go with the existing Blue Bottle kiosk.
Tartine is aiming to open sometime in 2015, but they may get the bread-baking component of the operation up and running by later this year, to take some holiday pressure off of the existing bakery. And as Robertson tells Tablehopper, "We are going to be able to do things we have wanted to do for years."
And maybe with two bakery locations just maybe? the line at the Guerrero store will get shorter in years to come?