Avalon International Breads is quickly joining the league of empire builders. The Cass Corridor bakery icon, which recently expanded to downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor, announced today that it’s opening new Avalon Cafe and Biscuit Bar inside Cafe Con Leche’s former New Center space this summer.
Like other Avalon locations, the 70-seat New Center shop will offer Mighty Good Coffee, sticky buns, cookies, and other pastries as well as salads and made-to-order sandwiches, according to a release. The cafe will also feature a bar for customizing buttermilk biscuits with toppings. Additionally, Avalon is sourcing ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery for Faygo floats and espresso affogatos (espresso poured over ice cream).
Founded in 1997, Avalon now operates a large bakehouse on the east side and supplies roughly 100 restaurants and markets across Southeast Michigan. The latest expansion isn’t entirely unexpected. In March, CEO Jackie Victor suggested that more “smaller concepts” could be in the works later in 2017.
Cafe Con Leche closed its location at 2990 West Grand Blvd earlier this spring, citing high operating costs and increasing competition from new cafes. Nevertheless, restaurant owners are continuing to bet on the area. New York-based icon City Bakery confirmed earlier this month that it would open its second U.S. location in the Fisher Building. Nearby, chefs Max and Eli Sussman and Lucy Carnaghi of Rose’s Fine Foods are in the process of opening a restaurant and bar called Wilda’s and Woodpile BBQ Shack is expected to expand to the neighborhood in 2018.
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