Frank Sally is set to open his French-style bakery La Fournée in Berkeley's Claremont neighborhood in January. Here's a sneak peek of what will be on offer.
Frank Sally has had his eye on the Bread Garden in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood for a long time. “I have always really liked that spot,” he says. “It’s a pretty area, and busy. It seemed a natural fit for a bakery.”
WHERE IS MY BAGUETTE? The Bread Garden, which opened its doors at 2912 Domingo Avenue in November 1973, is shutting up shop. Its owner, David Morris, is finally making good on his threat to move the bakery elsewhere. He plans to open a new bakery in Paso Robles, in an old building that housed another bakery from 1923 to 1973. “One statistic sums it up,” said Morris. “When I opened the bakery in 1973 I was bakery #8 in Berkeley. The last time I counted there were 38 bakeries in Berkeley. The market isn’t any bigger than it was in 1973. There is intense competition for the bakery dollar.” Morris said he plans to close the Claremont neighborhood bakery, home to the 19th-century baguette, cheese rolls, cinnamon swirl bread, and pizza bread, among other things, by July 1.
By Emily Gordis
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In an attempt to increase his business, the owner of the Bread Garden Bakery on Domingo Avenue has put a sign in his store window alerting people that Peet’s Coffee, his next-door neighbor, is selling day-old pastries.