Proof Bakeshop and its cafe close December 26 after six years in Inman Park, according to an announcement posted to Instagram. The bakery and coffee shop, located on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Hurt Street, is owned by Billy and Kristin Allin, who also own Inman Quarter cafe and wine bar Bread and Butterfly.
Despite the impending closure Christmas weekend, the bakery intends to fulfill all holiday preorders for cookies and cakes. People with gift cards for Proof Bakeshop can redeem those at Bread and Butterfly for the next six months.
The Allins first opened Proof Bakeshop in 2015 inside the former Dough Bakery space on Hurt Street offering a variety of baked goods, including fresh breads, scones, croissants, cakes, and cookies. In addition to the bakery, the cafe at Proof Bakeshop served coffee and breakfast in the morning, with sandwiches and salads during lunch.
The following year, the Allins opened their all-day cafe and wine bar Bread and Butterfly nearby at the Inman Quarter complex on Elizabeth Street. The restaurant served pastries in the morning, followed by French cafe-inspired sandwiches and entrees at lunch and dinner. Bread and Butterfly is currently only open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, a move made during the early days of the pandemic to allow the restaurant to focus on a tighter menu of its most popular dishes.
In 2018, the couple closed their iconic Decatur restaurant Cakes and Ale after a decade in order to spend more time with their children and to focus on growing Bread and Butterfly and Proof Bakeshop. Chef Terry Koval opened the Deer and the Dove and B-Side bakery and cafe in the old Cakes and Ale space a year later.
Eater reached out to representatives for Proof Bakeshop for comment on the closure.