After hinting at his upcoming bakery project since June of this year, Manresa chef/owner David Kinch has finally confirmed a location and opening date: Kinch tells SFGate that the hotly anticipated ManresaBread (one word) will set up shop "less than a block away" from the restaurant, on the 200 block of N. Santa Cruz Avenue. The space will feature an 800-square-foot retail shop, with bread produced at a "nearby commissary kitchen" that houses a "19,000-pound oven that can bake 100 loaves at once."
Manresa's head baker Avery Ruzicka and pastry chef Stephanie Prida have been "previewing" the bakery concept at farmer's market stalls and Santa Cruz retail space POPUP; the farmer's market locations will continue. The ultimate plan, reports SFGate, is to open "multiple locations" of the bakery in the future. The fire-damaged Manresa, meanwhile, is still rebuilding, with a re-opening date TBD. Updates on both projects as they become available.