Bread Bar comes to James Street North

Bread Bar — a restaurant known for its quality ingredients and seasonally inspired menu, has opened its third location at 14 James St N.

Open as of May 1st, Bread Bar is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene along the James North corridor. This location comes 9 years after the original location, and 4 years since they opened in Guelph.

In 2010, Bettina & Jeff opened their first location on Locke St where they “took the philosophy of the Earth to Table cookbook, which [encompasses] sourcing seasonally grown food and using as many local producers as possible,” and implemented those into the restaurant. The concept for Bread Bar came from a realization that Bettina’s desire to open a bakery and Jeff’s to open a restaurant — specifically a pizzeria — could be merged into one. The name as it’s known today comes from the fact that both are bread based.

The specific location for the new Bread Bar was once home to a familiar Hamilton restaurant. “The developer contacted Jeff, and this specific spot — more specifically the basement — was an old iconic Hamilton restaurant called the Sirloin Cellar. I had been there once in my whole life but it was a classic steakhouse, velvet banquettes. It was pretty known to those who lived in Hamilton for a long time,” Bettina recalls. They knew that the developer had worked on other successful restaurants in the area, so when they knew that this specific site was available, they were on board to open their next location here.

When talking about existing locations, Bettina expressed her excitement by saying “we really like the Locke Street community; it has really become a community-based restaurant with so many people that come in every day, sometimes 3 times a day. They come and get a muffin for breakfast, pizza slices for lunch and then come back for dinner. The Guelph location is very similar though not quite as community centered since it’s not in a residential area — its close to downtown, but it still has people who come 2-3 times a day,” Bettina tells me.

The corner of James and King William is a great fit given that it’s both a commercial and residential area with lots of people living and working just steps away from the restaurant’s front doors. As many condo projects begin to rise, Bread Bar will surely grow a strong following in this part of town, too.

Staying true to the Bread Bar roots, the James St location will follow the same menu as Locke St and Guelph but make no mistake, “the restaurants aren’t cookie cutter. They are all very unique in their design and layout.” Other than the cool history behind the specific site, what’s really different about the new location is that it’s set up to take reservations. Currently, due to the size and layout of the restaurant on Locke, reservations are only available to parties of 6 or more. This is an exciting change for those who like to ensure their seat before heading out to dine.


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Whether you’re a devoted goer to Bread Bar or you’ve never had the pleasure of eating there yet, be sure to check out their new location this month!

Follow along on Instagram @breadbar_james for updates on the grand opening, menu specials, as well as future job opportunities.

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