Following on from the success of its pop up bakery during COVID-19, the owners of Agnes Restaurant are taking Agnes Bakery to the next level, finding a permanent home in the Valley.
Owners Ty Simon, Ben Williamson and Frank Li have been searching for a long-term site for a woodfired bakery, eventually finding and securing the space formerly occupied by Arc + Family on the corner of James and Harcourt Streets in Fortitude Valley.
During the initial pop up pastry bakery, the team worked out of the Agnes Restaurant kitchen in an old brick warehouse (also in Fortitude Valley), producing mouth-watering kouign amann, basque cheescakes, pizzettes and sourdough loaves—and more.
Set to open in August, Agnes Bakery will feature a fully stocked larder brimming with goods such as cheese, house-made wood-smoked butter and relishes, salumi, as well as some restaurant items.
With a firm hold of the Fortitude Valley dining scene, the group also owns Same Same restaurant, Honto, Bianca and Los Bar.
Agnes is not the first to find a pop up bakery so successful it leads to its own standalone bakery during COVID—our January/February cover star, Darvella Patisserie, started in the same way, showing that success can come out of disaster.