What was once a crumbling former synagogue at 24th and Curtis streets has found new life as a multi-use building called the Temple, with art space, a 'zine library and several business offices. The newest tenant is Temple Bakery, a project launched by Shauna Lott, owner of Long i Pie, and bagel specialist Eden Myles, founder of Black Sheep Bakers. Temple Bakery, which could open as early as Tuesday, January 26, (barring any issues with today's final inspection) will feature sweet and savory pies, sandwiches, quiches and other baked goods during the day and pizza from Myles by night.
The bakery is actually four separate businesses with a single retail counter up front. Lott and Myles have signed long-term leases, but the other two spaces are incubator slots for up-and-coming bakers who want to set up shop for one year at a time. Opening bakers will be Sixth Elegy Baking and Valhalla Cakes. Sixth Elegy is run by baker Peter Billings, who specializes in enriched-dough products, including crostata, monkey bread and cinnamon buns. He'll also be selling plain, chocolate, almond and ham-and-cheese croissants. Cake-maker Sam Slade of Valhalla creates decorative cakes made to order for special occasions.
Temple Bakery will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Lott says that she'll be offering two salads, two kinds of biscuits, savory galettes topped with fried eggs and deep-dish quiche (also available gluten-free). Bread for the sandwiches will be baked by Billings and bagels from Myles will also be on the board. The bakery will pour coffee from local purveyor Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters. Lott says she also plans to add baked doughnuts soon.
Although there's plenty of activity going on behind the scenes, customers need only walk in the door, tucked in on the north side of the Temple, and order from the chalkboard menu.