Somewhat beneath the surface, just under the wave of pizzerias and the influx of burger joints, Atlanta’s bakery scene is seeing an infusion of new life. With establishments like Bakeshop in Midtown leading the way, this new brand of baking is in stark contrast to what you and I may remember as the quintessential bakery. While some of my fondest memories were youthful excursions to Rhodes Family Bakery (website) on Cheshire Bridge, the glorified home kitchens and come as you are personas are being pushed around by big budgets and treated woods.
Don’t believe me? Look what happened to Holeman + Finch Bakery. While that no frills storefront suffered from location woes, they too were a bake first, look good second kind of a place. Consequently, their front windows have been boarded up, leaving those of us who crave delicious goodies scampering to places like Savor Specialty Foods.
Bakeries are no longer places to pick up your favorite treats, talk to your baker about the fam, and dream of all that hippy dippy stuff. They are now as much sandwich shop and coffee stop as they are dessert purveyor. It is smack dab in this world that we find Bakeshop, one of the newest explorations from the gang at Concentrics.