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Bay Area fans of Flour & Branch’s nostalgia-inspired baked goods, rejoice: The previously delivery-only bakery now has a brick-and-mortar location.
Prior to opening in December, founder Lauren Arnsdorff shut down for two months to focus on the move from a commercial kitchen; recipe-test for an expanded menu with more pastries and desserts as well as brunch items; and remodel her new outpost. “I wanted a space that felt fresh, whimsical, elegant and gave a bit of a reprieve for locals and visitors,” says Arnsdorff, who enlisted the help of Leap Interior Design.
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Alongside a palette of robin’s-egg blue, light green and rose, patterned wallpaper harmonizes with walnut, brass and marble details. The venue also contains a market with home and personal goods, which Arnsdorff hopes will eventually include floral arrangements and gift baskets.
While the cookies and stuffed French toasts are especially popular, here’s another delicious reason to consider the kouign amanns: Thanks to a “filling station,” patrons can opt to have the crackly, buttery treat filled on the spot with vanilla bean custard, strawberry rose compote or Nutella.