By Reporter Steven Smalley
Fresh bread, pastry, and cookies return to the Village at the location of the former Upper Crust Bakery on West McGraw Street just in time for the Holiday Open House. Named for their son, Finn’s Bakery and Cafe is set to open by November 30.
As the deadline approaches, owners Meghan and Anthony Hargreaves are busy painting and scrubbing to get it ready. Luckily for them, as it was previously a bakery, they only need to breathe some new life into it: “We’re cutting down this big counter a bit and moving it back. We’ll have some additional seating up front,” reveals Meghan, speaking with Magnolia Voice. “We’ll be doing breads, pastries, desserts, and basic lunch items – soup, salads, sandwiches.”
You could say the Magnolia couple has pastry in their blood: “Back in Minnesota we have a family-owned bakery. It’s kind of a mix of Scandinavian, Eastern European and Italian…My family has had a bakery for about a hundred years,” explains Hargreaves. As for recipes, “We … hired a very experienced pastry chef. She loves Viennese laminated doughs, Danishes, and croissants.” When asked about the rest of the menu, Hargreaves says you can expect just about everything. “She also does fabulous cakes and breads…I think the important thing is to just listen to customers and see what they want.” There are some family favorites too, such as Potica (puh-TEET-suh) an eastern European roll-up with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. “Almost like a mini-cinnamon roll. You’ll have to try it,” Hargreaves urges.
Look for a full-service espresso bar featuring Stumptown Coffee, a local roaster. The application for the liquor license posted on the front door is for wine and beer service during meals. “We’ll also be doing some cooking classes,” Hargreaves says. “Our pastry chef loves to teach. Come and learn how to make croissants.”
Initial hours for Finn’s are Monday-Friday 6A.M.-6P.M. and weekends 7A.M. to 3 o’clock, or thereabouts. Future hours will be based on customer demand.