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Dan the Baker Opening Artisan Toast Bar

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The most famous breadmaker in Columbus is known by many on a first name basis, and now Dan the Baker wants to familiarize you with the concept of artisan toast. According to NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and other national media outlets, artisan toast is one of the biggest food trends of 2014, but until now it hasn’t existed in Central Ohio.

“We first spotted the trend in San Francisco and Southern California, and then noticed it migrate to Chicago,” said Dan Riesenberger, owner of Dan the Baker. “I believe we are Columbus’ first toast bar.”

While some of the aforementioned media outlets report negative feedback about the trend, Riesenberger says that the idea has been warmly received locally in anticipation of the upcoming launch at their bakery storefront in the Grandview Commerce Center, which opened last year.

“People are intrigued and we’ve had many regular customers express happiness that they’ll finally be able to get our bread fresh nearly every day,” he adds. “Columbus is turning into a proper big city, and we are really excited to be a part of this evolution and to bring our unique offering to the local food scene.”

The accurately named “Toast Bar” will feature a rotating menu of fresh-made breads, as well as a “choose your own toast flight” that mixes and matches breads and spreads. Non-toast items on the menu include coffee from Brioso and One Line, fresh pastries and whole loaves of bread sold at retail.

Toast Bar will launch on November 7th, and be open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 4pm at 1028 Ridge Street, just south of Grandview Heights.

For more information, visit www.dan-the-baker.com.

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  • OMG! I’m a sucker for fresh baked bread. This sounds delicious!

    • Agreed! I know that the concept of “artisan toast” is easy enough for people to roll their eyes at (saw a lot of it on Facebook on Saturday) but Dan produces some high quality products. If anyone can pull of this concept, it’s him. ;)

  • thomasjs4

    Does anyone else think it’s odd that a bread shop that serves toast (often a breakfast item) doesn’t open till 8 AM? A lot of people have to be at work by that point. I hope he’ll consider expanding his hours to reach a larger clientele.

  • DouginCMH

    I certainly like Dan’s bread (especially since his prices have come down a bit). But I just can’t wrap my mind around artisinal toast; it feels like a solution to a non-existent problem. I suppose it all depends on how the concept is fleshed out. If it’s just… you know, toast, I’m sorry but I can do that at home. Columbus still needs more bakers producing breads like Dan’s, however. We’re a pretty amazing foodie town in many ways, but great bread isn’t one of them (IMHO).

  • fonzette

    Sure, you can do toast like this at home, if you don’t mind buying a whole loaf for ten bucks then watching it get moldy. I think this is a great idea.

  • Zak

    OMG! Finally, freed from having to live under the oppressive, generic, thumb of those big corporate toast bars! Stoked that I’ll have a unique place like this in my neighborhood so I can #SupportLocalToast #DownWithBigToast

  • LazySwayze

    I heard that on Tuesdays and Thursdays they offer butter made from the milk of locally rescued pit bulls.

    • Zak

      Are the Pit Bulls on a diet consisting of locally sourced organic feed?

      • DouginCMH

        Of course. And rest assured the pit bulls, while being milked, are only secured via artisanal knots.

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