Texas French bread will soon be baked again according to a new business model

The long-standing location of the bakery on Rio Grande Street was declared a complete loss after a fire in January.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas French bread is turning on its ovens again after a January fire destroyed its building. But for now, the business will work differently.

Texas French Bread announced on Tuesday that it has recently hired a commissioner’s office in northeast Austin and is in the process of setting up a commercial kitchen and bakery. Texas French Bread said in the coming weeks that it would resume its wholesale bakery business. Once everything is ready and working in the new space, the business plans to restore the stands in several local farmers’ markets with options for home delivery in connection with Farmhouse Delivery.

According to KVUE’s media partners in Austin360, owner Murph Wilcott said he had not specified which farmers’ markets the business would be in, but hoped to recover and sell to the public by the end of June.

Once available to the public, Austin360 announces that the French bread menu in Texas will include some of the bakery’s classics. “Customers can probably expect a few cookies, a combination of bread (baguettes, artisanal breads and sandwiches) and a wide selection of pastries,” according to Austin360.

The bakery building, located on Rio Grande Street near the University of Texas on the Austin campus, was declared a complete loss after a fire in January. Later, the building partially collapsed in March, injuring a construction worker.

It is assumed that the cause of the fire was accidental and mechanical damage.

After the January fire, Austin residents turned to social media to share what the building and the bakery meant to them. KVUE spoke to a longtime customer who said the bakery was “not just a restaurant”. Austin bakers also gathered in early February to raise money for Texas French bread.

In a statement on Tuesday, Texas French Bread thanked the community for its support, saying “a staggering number of people and many, many local businesses” have contributed “truly staggering amounts of money.”

“We are so grateful to be part of this community in Austin,” the business wrote. “During this process, we felt uplifted and reassured, knowing that we were not going through this alone. Your generosity has given us valuable time to process and grieve. And the donations funded compensation and extended health insurance for TFB staff in the weeks after the fire. We really can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support. “

Texas French Bread is celebrating 40 years of operation this year. Before the Rio Grande building was a bakery, it was the famous Rome Inn, a music venue in the 1970s where artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton played.

As for whether Texas French Bread will eventually return to this building, the future is unclear. Willcott told Austin360 that several new wooden beams have been erected in the building in recent weeks, but this is not an indication of an impending return.

He said he had hired an architect and civil engineers to see if they could get to a stage where a proper assessment could determine what it would take to return Texas French bread to the place it has occupied for more than 30 years.

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