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North Melbourne’s mint green pastry star of 2020, Bread Club, heads south and opens a second store in Albert Park at the end of February.

The original opened a few weeks before the first lockdown, but as an essential (fun) service it quickly gained a reputation for its almond croissants, mortadella baguettes, hot rolls, and checklists. reading organized by its owners, bakers-slash-DJ Tim Beylie and Brice Antier.

When the five-mile lockdown was lifted, the team was inundated with requests from the south to open a local branch, and building on the momentum of early successes, they chose their new light-up storefront.

The Danes of the Bread Club fly south.
Photo: Griffin Simm

Local suppliers will be used, including Saltsmith Bacon for their special weekend fougasse and Inglewood for the coffee. A cart will be seated outside for quick take-out transactions, and weekend specials, including pizza slices, are in the works.

North Melbourne and Albert Park will be open daily for take out only for the foreseeable future, although outdoor seating for walkers looking to take a break are in the works.

In other cult baked goods news, pastry gun Giorgia McAllister Forte has extended the hours of operation of her ever popular Carlton bakery, Viennese pastry from Monforte, two days on Thursdays and Sundays included.

That’s two more opportunities a week for you to try (and often fail) to get those sea buckthorn cream pies, chocolate salt and caramel buns and peach and peach danishes. with buffalo mozzarella that sell out in the blink of an eye.

The Bread Club at 65 Cardigan Place, Albert Park, will be open daily from the end of February,; The Viennoiserie Monforte is now open from Thu to Fri from 8 am to 12:30 pm; Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. (or until exhaustion) at 585 Canning Street, Carlton North.

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