Earlier this summer Homegrown opened a commissary in South Lake Union, a maneuver meant to bring in house all baking operations. Since then, Bakery Nouveau vet Stephanie Shephard has churned out brownies, blondies, and various cookies, and starting Wednesday her line of breads hits Homegrown's three storefronts.
The local sandwich chain is forgoing its two-year relationship with Macrina in favor of Shephard's handiwork—vegan, made with Washington flours, and baked and delivered daily. The shift bodes well for fans of breakfast sandwiches; bigger versions (with two fried eggs) can now be ordered on a full-sized loaf.
Turns out the Dexter Avenue facility is proving useful beyond baked goods (and bigger breakfast sandwiches), as a wholesale line including salads, sandwiches, and those baked goods is in the works. An official launch has yet to happen—co-founder Ben Friedman estimates we'll start seeing them in local businesses next month—but one place ahead of the curve is Cafe Suisse on Westlake Avenue. The Alpine-inspired coffee shop is currently carrying four of the sandwiches "as a soft launch of sorts," says Friedman. One goes for $6.50, while a boxed lunch costs $9.50.