Dec 292013

The Uptown breakfast and bakery scene has seen a flurry of activity of late, with Live Oak Cafe slated to revamp the former Oak Street Cafe, Toast by the owners of Tartine in the former Laurel Street Bakery slot, Ye Olde Bake Shoppe opening on Carrollton and even a Haydel’s Bakery pop-up on Magazine.

Live Oak Cafe will open Jan. 4, operated by former Oak Street Cafe employees who bought the business from longtime owner Brad Wilkins, according to a report by Kandace Graves of Gambit. Live Oak Cafe “will have table service and a menu of classic breakfast fare and comfort food,” Graves writes. “The focus is on making everything on the menu from scratch, including sausage, and procuring all-natural produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from local sources.”

After moving to a large new space on Broad Street, Laurel Street Bakery has closed its original location at 5433 Laurel, which will be reopened by the owners of Tartine and called “Toast,” reports Todd Price of The Times-Picayune. Toast will be “a new bakery and breakfast restaurant,” Price reports.

Already open is Ye Olde Bake Shoppe at 3000 South Carrollton, part of the Rock ‘n’ Bowl/Ye Olde College Inn/Front Porch Grill complex at the corner of Earhart, according to another report by Price at the Times-Picayune. The shop will handle the other restaurants’ desserts and cakes, as well as soups, salads and sandwiches, Price reports.

Even Haydel’s will be competing for a larger part of the Uptown bakery scene this spring, serving king cakes and other treats from the SnoWizard snowoball stand on Magazine (near Constantinople) from Jan. 6 to March 3, according to Megan Braden-Perry of Gambit.

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