Bristol Bakery plans spring opening in Hinesburg

The new brainchild of the Bristol Bakery & Café will be located in downtown Hinesburg.

The new brainchild of the Bristol Bakery & Café will be located in downtown Hinesburg.

The Bristol Bakery & Cafe (BB&C) will open a new neighborhood café and restaurant in late April in Hinesburg’s emerging Village downtown.

“We are very excited to be a part of Hinesburg’s new vision for a vibrant, walkable downtown. We hope to provide the kind of community-oriented space that the Bristol Bakery & Café is so well known for,” says Kevin Harper, one of the two owners of the business.

Since 1977, the Bristol Bakery operated on Main Street in Bristol, serving fresh breads, bagels, donuts, and coffee. Over the last six years, under the management of Kevin and Doug Harper, the new Bristol Bakery and Café has successfully established itself as a regional hub for great food in a fast, casual format with an inviting, relaxed, and often lively ambiance. Under Doug’s retail management leadership, the brothers made the decision to broaden the baked goods product offering and include a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a fixed price, all-inclusive Sunday brunch. All of this and more will be available soon at the new Hinesburg location.

To supply both cafés, the Harpers built a full-service, offsite, wholesale bakery. Located in the Bristol Works business park, the wholesale operation now makes all the baked goods for the Bristol Bakery and Café retail location, and provides select items to wholesale accounts like Porter Hospital, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, the Bob Cat Café, and Mountain Greens Market. The wholesale facility is equipped with a full range of artisan baking equipment and staffed with a cadre of career bread and pastry professionals. The BB&C wholesale bakers make every item sold in the Bristol Bakery & Café from scratch, seven days (and nights) a week.

The breadth and quality of the menu and the commitment to made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and light dinner fare makes the BB&C brand unique in the “fast casual” bakery and café model. The Harpers are well aware that people have many choices about where to eat.  Whether customers pop in for a cup of locally roasted coffee and a fresh morning pastry, a full breakfast with eggs made just the way they like them, or for lunch with a friend or business associate, what matters most is the quality of the customer experience.

The new Bakery and Café will host special events like rehearsal dinners, birthdays, parties, and occasional evening music series on Friday or Saturday nights. During the week, the Bakery and Café will be open from 6:30 am through 9 pm, Saturday they will be open from 7:30 am until 9 pm, and on Sunday they will open at 7:30 am and close at 5pm. They plan to be open seven days a week.

To help finance the fit-up of the new bakery and café location, the company has launched a Community Financing Opportunity under the Vermont Small Business Offering Exemption.  For more information on the offering, please contact Kevin Harper via email at or by phone at (802) 233-0938.

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