Decatur-based Mexican pan dulce bakery La Calavera opens at its new Memorial Drive location on Saturday, September 14. The relocated shop in Kirkwood is one block from burger joint Ann’s Snack Bar and Wyatt’s Country BBQ.
Owners Dale Ralston and Eric Arillo announced the relocation of their five-year-old bakery in August citing low foot traffic at the Decatur shop as a contributing factor for the move. Ralston and Arillo say the Memorial Drive location allows them to be closer to the Morningside and Grant Park farmers markets where they often sell their breads.
“We will be closed at the Decatur location this weekend so we can focus on opening the new spot, but we hope to be able to open the old location again for the rest of the month, starting next week,” Ralston tells Eater Atlanta.
La Calavera bakes and sells Mexican sweet breads like concha, marranitos (pig-shaped ginger cookies), and sprouted and super sourdough breads. Customers grab a silver tray, select pastries and breads from the racks, and pay at the counter.
In addition to selling baked goods, pan dulce treats, empanadas, and breads, La Calavera serves coffee and tea and includes limited seating inside. The couple eventually plan to offer more prepared foods and add a cold pastry case along with outdoor seating.
Ralston and Arillo hope to begin serving their popular Mexican molletes Sunday breakfasts again within a couple of months.
In other Kirkwood food news, pastry chef Emma Schacke and butcher Sean Schacke open Evergreen Butcher and Baker on Hosea L. Williams next weekend. The couple renovated a 75-year-old building behind Arden’s Garden in the heart of Kirkwood.
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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