With a $150,000 budget, a $100,000 remodel and an arsenal of equipment, a bakery in San Francisco’s Mission District could be a bakery on wheels.
But it won’t be easy.
“It’s going to take time and patience, but it’s a good start,” said Michael Brown, a pastry chef and owner of the Homestyle Bakery, a nonprofit bakery, which opened this year.
“You can’t have a cake bakery and not have a bakery.”
In the Mission District, bakeries, which can make cakes or pies and serve hot meals, are booming.
In the last three years, San Francisco has become a hot spot for new and established businesses.
“The Mission District is like an island in the Bay Area, which is great for business,” said Brown, whose bakery opened a year ago.
“A lot of people come to see us because it’s an island, which we’re very proud of.”
But the Mission is a big city.
“I like the density of people, so I’m happy to be here,” said Sarah Strayhorn, who works for the Mission district’s Chinatown restaurant, Little China.
“But I also want to make sure that we’re doing something that’s good for people and good for the environment.”
The Mission District has long had a reputation for being an underdeveloped neighborhood, with high crime rates and a lack of schools.
But Brown said he is now getting a lot of requests from people to come in and bake.
“My goal is to build something that will really bring people to the Mission,” he said.
In a typical year, he plans to hire about 50 people, which will include a full kitchen staff.
That means Brown and his team have to be flexible, because he needs to buy equipment and hire other workers.
“We’ll do whatever we need to do to stay in business,” he added.
“So we don’t necessarily have to build everything right away.
We just have to do what we need, and if we don�t have that, we can go somewhere else.”
The bakery is also making a big effort to help the environment.
Brown said that he has spent the last year purchasing equipment for the space, such as wood-burning stoves, a water heater, a refrigerator, and even a greenhouse.
The bakery also uses organic waste for its own compost, and it has an air-con filtration system, which allows the air to be recycled and the atmosphere to be cleaned.
“People are becoming more aware of the fact that the world is made up of plants,” he explained.
“There are lots of things in this world that can be treated, and we’re trying to help our environment and make it a better place.”
To help make the Mission a good place for baking, the bakery is opening an online store where customers can buy products such as muffins, muffins and pastries.
The store is also starting a newsletter to help people connect with other baking enthusiasts, and Brown said it has already received over 100 emails.
“Our community is really active and passionate about baking, and they really want to see a bakery like ours,” he noted.
“And we’re really excited about what’s happening.”
The Homestyle Bakeries will open its doors to the public this summer.
“If you have an idea that you want to start a business and you want the support and the encouragement, it can be really hard,” said Strayton.
“In a lot to do with being a community-minded bakery, it takes time.”
The restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and a few other options.
But, if you want more information, you can call or email the Homestyle Bakery at 415-842-0808 or email [email protected]
You can also find information about other Mission District businesses on the Mission’s website, which lists the Mission Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom as its board members.