SW Alder: Lisa Clark of Petunia’s Pies and Pastries will open the vegan and gluten-free bakery’s first brick-and-mortar locaiton at 12th and Alder, set to open in January. The 1600-square-foot spot (complete with indoor and outdoor seating) will function as the bakery’s production kitchen and retail cafe, with late-night hours and a large selection of cookies, bars, “babycakes”, whoopie pies, breakfast pastries, cobblers, tarts, pies, layer cakes, weekend doughnuts, and daily specials. Clark aims to offer Stumptown coffee, wine, gluten-free beer, and specialty cocktails in addition to a small savory menu of sandwiches, salads, and small plates. 610 SW 12th Ave.”
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“Petunia’s Pies & Pastries has become a popular vendor of all-vegan and gluten-free desserts at Portland-area farmers markets and Last Thursday events on Northeast Alberta Street in the last three years. Come January, people will be able to buy its coffeecakes, bundt cakes, cream pies and cookies year-round at its first retail location in downtown Portland’s fast-emerging West End.
On Thursday, Lisa Clark signed a five-year lease for a 1,600-square-foot portion of a larger space at 610 S.W. 12th Ave., which landlords plan to subdivide into three separate storefronts. Clark says construction of the bakery is expected to begin in mid-November, with an anticipated January opening date.
Clark plans to use the space as Petunia’s production kitchen for its wholesale business, which sells baked goods to restaurants and groceries like New Seasons and Whole Foods Markets. The retail storefront will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, including evening hours to cater to the dessert crowd. In addition to regular pastries, Clark plans to make doughnuts and sticky buns on weekends, and there will be a small savory menu along with wine, gluten-free beer and cocktails that can be paired with desserts. The menu will include items that are soy-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free to cater to customers with dietary restrictions.
Petunia’s joins a growing food scene in downtown’s West End. Next door is Ristorante Roma, a popular Italian spot. Further north on Southwest 12th is Gruner, Christopher Israel’s acclaimed European restaurant. And at Southwest 12th and Alder, there’s much speculation about a high-profile restaurant opening in the former Cox Dry Cleaners space.” Photo credit: The Oregonian
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“Gluten-free and vegan bakeryPetunia’s Pies & Pastries — which currently sells its goods at the Portland Farmers Market — will open a brick-and-mortar bakery/storefront in early January. According to an email blast, owner Lisa Clark has signed a long-term lease in the West End for a production kitchen and retail storefront. In addition to Petunia’s familiar baked goods (vegan cookies, cupcakes, breakfast pastries, and hand pies), the spot will offer a small savory menu (sandwiches, salads), as well as wine, beer, and cocktails to draw an after-dinner-dessert-seeking crowd. Clark plans for 25 seats and a long bakery counter with a retro feel: “The whole feel of the place will be Petunia’s to a T — a bit retro ’60s, fun, color yet simple, clean, classy and comforting.”
The project marks yet-another Farmers Market favorite to go brick-and-mortar (Clark notes that the process was two-and-a-half years in the making). Construction on the bakery begins in November, with a tentative opening date of January 2013. Tentative hours: 9a.m. to 11p.m., daily.”
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