Barrio Bread’s bricks-and-mortar bakery is officially open for business.
The popular crusty-on-the-outside-soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside artisan bread formerly available only through different distribution sites around town is now in one spot: 18 S. Eastbourne Ave. in Broadway Village.
Owner-baker Don Guerra officially opened Nov. 26 — that day inventory sold out well before the 5 p.m. closing time. He and his small squad of bakers have been turning out about 500 loaves a day.
“It’s a lot of bread,” Guerra said. “It’s so crazy right now.”
Before setting up shop in the old Sugar Sweet Bakery location, Guerra maxed out at 900 loaves a week made in his home bakery, which operated under the state’s cottage industry food law. Subscribers to Barrio’s online store would then pick up their loaves at different locations around town.
Barrio — which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until the bread is sold out Tuesdays-Saturdays — features a sleek Italian deck oven, which is front-and-center so customers can watch production.
“They’re just kind of in awe because they haven’t seen this style of bakery,” Guerra said.
The bread selection changes daily, and loaves average about $6. Find a daily bread menu at barriobread.com or call 327-1292.