A Wash Park restaurant known for pastries with a side of nostalgia is adding a second space and getting back to its bakery roots.
Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery, which operates out of about 1,800 square feet on South Gaylord Street, has leased a similarly sized space two storefronts down and is renovating it into a bakery and coffee shop.
“There is no place for people who want to have a nice baked goodie and a cup of coffee to sit and relax,” said Jesse Haviland, a manager at Devil’s Food. “Plus, on this block there is no coffee shop, and we get asked a lot for it on a daily basis.”
Haviland declined to share how much the renovations will cost, but said the new space will have a full-service bakery.
Haviland said the business will probably add eight more employees to the current 35. And by moving the bakery out of the current restaurant, the original space will add more tables.
Devil’s Food started as Devil’s Food Bakery in 1999. The business expanded into more of a traditional restaurant more than 10 years ago.
Haviland said that the restaurant’s revenue is split down the middle between baked goods and sit-down meals.