It's still pie in the sky and I'm not the only one looking, but the place felt like home to me and I think I could be happy there.
The numbers are very soft and the lease needs renegotiation, I don't know about leasehold improvements or anything, but *sigh* the idea of it is very exciting right now.
The owner/baker goes in at 1am to bake. This seems a bit early, especially when they offer a small selection of pastries, and breads, and that's it. I have no idea what his rationale is. Why not proof the bread the night before and put it in the cooler until morning? They don't make any cakes, at all. Everything was pastry with laminated dough. They have a sheeter (squee!). They have a nice sandwich station, but no indication from the outside that sandwiches are made within. Honestly, all the pastries looked overbrowned (note to self, have the ovens checked), but I tried their specialty, a spinach cheese croissant, and it was wonderful. I will be negotiating on that recipe, for sure. It has a large window in the front. I am imagining a cake decorator putting on a show for passers by. Oh the dreams!
more when I have more to report...