Behold, the Newest Flour Bakery & Café
At one time, Joanne Chang thought that opening a second Flour Bakery & Café would be too much. Three cookbooks (and counting), a Food Network appearance, and a James Beard Foundation Award later, her seventh location opens Monday, April 24.
With a solid team in place, Chang is comfortable with the rapid Boston-Cambridge growth of this beloved brand, she said. “I feel that everybody gets it,” she previously told Boston. “How do we make sure that if you walk into this Flour versus the first Flour that it’s just like it was 16 years ago, or, ideally, even better?”
At the latest Flour, it’s a modern, chic take on the bakery’s aesthetic. Its location on the ground floor of 30 Dalton, a new luxury apartment building behind the Prudential Center, led designer Alina Wolhardt to choose dark marble countertops, sleek walnut, stylish triangular tiles, and digital menu boards.
“The core you’re given gives you some design direction. This building has a very modern feel,” says the principal of Wolf in Sheep Design.
It’s a fairly small shop at just about 1,200 square feet, including the kitchen, but Wolhardt made use of nearly 19-foot ceilings to make it feel airy, she says. A lot of greenery is hanging above, as well as an eye-catching, modern chandelier. Around the restrooms and retail corner is a feature wall of curved, cladded wood accented with blue tiles, and other walls have a pop of wallpaper, and a peony painting by Alexis Weinrich. Mirrors help maximize the feeling of it being more spacious, she says.
“Floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls help it feel really open,” Wolhardt adds.
The storefront has about 20 communal seats inside to enjoy Flour’s croissants, sticky buns, cakes and breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, and more. It opens Monday at 6:30 a.m.
30 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, 857-233-2255, flourbakery.com.