Hell’s Kitchen’s long-discussed bakery will be opening its doors soon. Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar will open on April 23, with a grand opening celebration planned for Mother’s Day. The bakery will technically operate as a separate company and be located on the street level above the underground Hell’s Kitchen, 80 9th St. S.
According to Hell’s Kitchen and Angel Food co-owner Cynthia Gerdes, the bakery was born out of necessity. Limited space in the restaurant’s kitchen caused baking to be pushed to an overnight shift. The restaurant’s landlord offered up the first-floor space for a bakery, which Hell’s Kitchen’s ownership decided to open to the public. Angel Food is already delivering baked goods to Hell’s Kitchen via an elevator into the restaurant’s kitchen, and customers who visit Angel Food will find themselves in the midst of a real working bakery.
“You are literally going to be sitting in the middle of a real working kitchen,” said Gerdes.
Angel Food Bakery and Coffee bar will offer bread, cupcakes, donuts and other baked goods, all made completely from scratch. The bakery will also offer many gluten-free options and serve local coffee brand Peace Coffee. Gerdes points out that Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar will be one of the very few independent coffee shops downtown.
“We’re serious about our coffee,” said Gerdes.
Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar will open at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on weekends.