Firebrand Artisan Breads

The new Firebrand Artisan Breads store is a large space that includes pastries and a cafe selling sandwiches and salads.

Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.

Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious space in the new The Hive development in the Uptown neighborhood.

The bakery is a showcase for not just the wood-fire bread created by owner Matt Kreutz but a pastry program by co-owner Colleen Orlando. In fact, the pastry making is the first thing you see when you walk in.

You can learn more about the new Firebrand store in an article I wrote for Berkeleyside’s NOSH blog. Below are additional photos that didn’t make it to that post. (FYI, Firebrand will be open Thanksgiving morning but will close Friday. Then it’s open again Saturday with its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

The deets: Firebrand Artisan Breads, 2343 Broadway (at 24th), Oakland. PH: 510.594.9213. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Firebrand breads

Bread display at the Firebrand bakery.

Firebrand pastry workers

Workers making pastries in the open pastry station as you walk into the store.

Firebrand financiers

Some of the Firebrand pastries

Firebrand chocolate croissant

Chocolate croissant

Firebrand Artisan Breads

Assortment of bread products

More pastries

More pastries

... and more ...

… and more …

And ending with these cream puffs.

And ending with these cream puffs.

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