By Daniel Azarkman
A few months ago, Grub Street caught word that a bakery was in store for the shuttered Bistro Clovis space near Zuni Café. After further investigation, we learned that pastry chef Chona Piumarta was behind the project. While we were waiting for a call back from her, Eater operatives swung by to check things out and did some online sleuthing (read the article here), but we were lucky to have Chona saving some details just for tablehopper.
Officially opening this Friday September 2nd, the space will be the first retail store for THE PASTRY CUPBOARD, whose products are already on shelves at Rainbow Grocery and Marina Supermarket, among others. The new kitchen will let Chona offer quite a bit more variety, as well as tap back into the kinds of complex plated desserts she did at The Slanted Door and LarkCreekSteak (desserts which the tablehopper was a big fan of). There may even be some dessert wines later on if the post-opera crowds show enough interest.
To start, though, The Pastry Cupboard’s hours will be 7am-6pm, so for now you’ll have to make do with boxed sweets like the blueberry buttermilk mini pie or the cocoa nib, a dark chocolate-pistachio-shortbread bar that Chona created for her husband. For breakfast and lunch, quick savory options will include daily focaccia specials, salads, and a line of housemade spreads. 1596 Market St. at Franklin, 415-864-2755.
Treats: coming very soon to this shiny, new case. Photo by Daniel Azarkman.