Sydney-based Brasserie Bread has expanded to Melbourne, with a new Victorian bakery scheduled to open in November.
Adopting the same philosophy as Brasserie Bread Sydney, the Melbourne store is a wholesale bakery connected to a café and retail space. The store will feature a retail space with a large portal showing the bakers in action.
Brasserie Bread Melbourne head baker and operations manager, Ian Martin christened the bakery’s newly installed Mondial Forni steam-tube oven from Italy in late September. Mr Martin has an extensive background in making artisan bread, having worked in the UK as well as for Melbourne’s Phillippas and Dench.
Brasserie Bread co-owner, Michael Klausen said Mr Martin was a highly skilled baker.
“He fits our culture and is very approachable. He has so much experience and having a man like that is very important when you have two different businesses,” Mr Klausen said.
Just like its Sydney counterpart, the Melbourne business will have a strong focus on education, with free kids baking sessions to be held every Saturday.
“We are an open book, we want people to see, learn and share the passion we have,” Mr Klausen said.
It was a natural process for Brasserie Bread to eventually expand its business into Victoria, Mr Klausen said.
“Melbourne and Victoria have a beautiful food philosophy and huge history around artisan bread. I admire it a lot and am proud that we came down to anticipate (with this food culture),” he said.
Brasserie Bread Melbourne will open its doors to the public early November.