While the possibility of a Wal-Mart opening at Bathurst and Dundas looms over Kensington Market, there is still some hope for the little guy. The Blackbird Baking Co.—which has been operating a wholesale business out of the back of King West’s SOMA for a couple of years now—is moving into the space currently occupied by Cob’s Bread (172 Baldwin St., at Kensington).
Blackbird’s bread is available at retail stores (All the Best Fine Foods), cafés (Te Aro, Grain Curd & Bean), and restaurants (Red’s Wine Tavern, Parts & Labour) in the city, but come mid-March it will also be up for grabs at its new location. “We always had a plan to move out,” says owner Simon Blackwell. “I heard a rumour that Cob’s might be up for sale. I was particularly interested in Kensington Market because my bread has been for sale at Sanagan’s Meat Locker, so I already have a following there. I jumped at the opportunity to take that space.”
With a bigger production space, Blackwell plans on expanding the line of wholesale breads, as well as offering sandwiches, personal pizzas, and breakfast treats including scones and cinnamon buns.
Blackwell takes possession of the space on Jan. 31, 2014, and hopes to be open by mid-March. —Rebecca Fleming