Pavement Whispers: Sprout Artisan Bakery to open a permanent shop on James Street
This year is set to be a big one for bakeries, especially for heralded homegrown sourdough slingers Sprout Artisan Bakery. Next month the market-born operation will open a bricks-and-mortar shopfront on James Street, where folks will be able to snag freshly baked loaves, salivation-worthy savouries and perfectly poured cups of specialty coffee. Here’s what we know …
Real estate along James Street is at a premium right now, making the Fortitude Valley high street a notoriously hard precinct to break into, particularly if you’re a small business. For Sprout Artisan Bakery’s Rebecca Foley and Lutz Richter, opening a pop-up shopfront on James Street was a great way to get their foot in the proverbial door but also somewhat of a gamble, due to the area’s small total of available tenancies. In July last year Sprout started peddling pastries from a space a short croissant toss from The Calile. Although the poky shopfront was always intended to be a temporary concept (the crew has since found a new stopover site in a shipping container at 74 James Street), the community reception was so warm that Rebecca and Lutz were soon fully committed to planting roots with a permanent home on the strip. Good news for those of you that go bonkers for a Sprout baguette, the team has secured a long-term site on the corner of James and Harcourt Streets in the building previously home to Waterlily Skin Body Spa.
Opening in early April, Sprout Artisan Bakery’s new locale will give the team a bit more room to showcase an expanded range of products. The site is currently undergoing a fit-out that will result in a moody and minimal industrial-inspired aesthetic that serves to funnel attention towards the pastry display. Naturally, Sprout’s range of custard tarts, flaky croissants, bostocks, cardamom scrolls, apple danishes and cinnamon buns will be available (all baked fresh at the team’s commercial kitchen on Doggett Street), but we’ve been told to also expect the addition of hot and hearty pies and European-style panini sandwiches. Coffee will also be a larger focus at Sprout, with beans from ethical Surry Hills roaster Reuben Hills on deck for those that love a coffee and croissant grab-and-go combo.
We’ll have a close-up look at Sprout Artisan Bakery’s new site in April. Until then, be sure to bookmark the crew’s page in our Stumble Guide.
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