It’s Official, Sylvan Cafe and Bakery coming to Bloomingdale – All the Details

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“Dear Bloomingdale neighbors,

As you may have heard by now, Sylvan Cafe and Bakery is coming to the neighborhood!
First let us say how grateful we are to Sara Fatell and the beautiful establishment she created in Grassroots Gourmet. Our top priority as the new owners of this space will be to honor her creation of a warm and inclusive community gathering spot where neighbors can come and enjoy great food, drink and company.

It’s no accident that when we chose to launch another business we did it close to home. From the day we opened Bacio Pizzeria around the corner on Seaton Place, Bloomingdale has been an incredibly welcoming community. From Bloomingdale Toddler Soccer Team to the annual Crispus Attucks Park community yard sale to participating in Bloomingdale Beautification Day we have tried to support it right back. And when we saw an opportunity open our next dream business – a bakery! — right in the same neighborhood and build on the relationships we have with our beloved customers, we jumped at it.

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Which brings us to the name, Sylvan Café and Bakery.

We’re history buffs – you might have seen our old neighborhood photographs up at Bacio – and we love that our building used to be a movie theater. One afternoon when we were bouncing around possible names for the new bakery, we looked up and wondered what it would take to restore the sign. That’s when the lightbulbs went on – at least in our own heads. We’d be the Sylvan Café and revive some of the fascinating history of the neighborhood. We are planning to bring the beautiful Sylvan sign back to life as well – though it may take a little while as we investigate the best way to restore it in a historically sensitive manner.

In the meantime, we plan to open soon serving a wide array of fresh baked goods. We know there’s been some word on the street about us becoming a bagel shop – but please know we’ll be that and so much more. We have an in-house pastry chef and we anticipate serving up breads, cakes, and traditional European pastries as well as fresh sandwiches and paninis. We’re still in the process of developing our menu, so stay tuned!

Please follow us on Twitter @sylvancafe and Facebook for opening day news, and we look forward to serving you!

Thank you,
Sylvan Cafe & Bakery family”

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104 Rhode Island Ave, NW

17 Comment

  • Really excited for this to open–I love all the things they intend to sell.

  • Yay! I hope they do breakfast and/or brunch .. and maybe outdoor seating 🙂

  • Well, I just love everything about this.

  • Love this! Was so sad when Sara and Grassroots left, but very happy to be in the good hands of the Bacio team 🙂

    • Yup! The Bacio’s folks definitely seem to know what they’re doing. I love their name and that they plan to restore the old Sylvan sign.

  • <3 <3 <3
    Yay!! I am excited and especially hope that you keep the family-friendly vibe that makes Bacio our go-to in the neighborhood. I also mentioned this on the earlier thread but please consider some earlier breakfast hours, we would LOVE a place to grab a quick breakfast sandwich on a Saturday morning.

    But regardless I'm sure you'll make it as wonderful of a neighborhood asset as you have made Bacio. Can't wait!

  • I am SO SO SO happy and excited about this. Bacio’s is amazing – good food, charming decor, and a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Very happy they will be serving bread – that was always one of my big disappointments with Grassroots. I might be there daily :).

  • Thank God there will hopefully be something to compete with Big Bear finally. That place is too hectic on weekends.

  • Best case scenario for our ‘hood considering the people involved, so this is pretty exciting considering the circumstances it took to happen.

    Note – the Boundary Stone guys got the sign running when they first opened. For a while they tried to do a thing where “If the sign is lit up we’re open.” But I think it got complicated for a few reasons, so check in with them on getting that bad boy connected because it is beautiful when it’s lit!

    Happy to have you guys on the block!

  • Dear Bloomingdale neighbors,
    As you may have heard by now, Sylvan Cafe and Bakery is coming to the neighborhood!
    First let us say how grateful we are to Sara Fatell and the beautiful establishment she created in Grassroots Gourmet. Our top priority as the new owners of this space will be to honor her creation of a warm and inclusive community gathering spot where neighbors can come and enjoy great food, drink and company.
    It’s no accident that when we chose to launch another business we did it close to home. From the day we opened Bacio Pizzeria around the corner on Seaton Place, Bloomingdale has been an incredibly welcoming community. From Bloomingdale Toddler Soccer Team to the annual Crispus Attucks Park community yard sale to participating in Bloomingdale Beautification Day we have tried to support it right back. And when we saw an opportunity open our next dream business – a bakery! — right in the same neighborhood and build on the relationships we have with our beloved customers, we jumped at it.
    Which brings us to the name, Sylvan Café and Bakery. We’re history buffs – you might have seen our old neighborhood photographs up at Bacio – and we love that our building used to be a movie theater. One afternoon when we were bouncing around possible names for the new bakery, we looked up and wondered what it would take to restore the sign. That’s when the lightbulbs went on – at least in our own heads. We’d be the Sylvan Café and revive some of the fascinating history of the neighborhood. We are planning to bring the beautiful Sylvan sign back to life as well – though it may take a little while as we investigate the best way to restore it in a historically sensitive manner.
    In the meantime, we plan to open soon serving a wide array of fresh baked goods. We know there’s been some word on the street about us becoming a bagel shop – but please know we’ll be that and so much more. We have an in-house pastry chef and we anticipate serving up fresh-baked breads, cakes, and traditional European pastries as well as fresh sandwiches and paninis. We’re still in the process of developing our menu, so stay tuned!
    Please follow us on Twitter @sylvancafe and Facebook for opening day news, and we look forward to serving you!
    Thank you,
    Sylvan Cafe & Bakery family

  • I can’t wait! I hope they have doughnuts! ~~~=3

  • PLEASE have some gluten free goodies!!

  • Does anyone in the neighborhood have information on the Bloomingdale Toddler Soccer Team?

  • please please PLEASE carry those nutella whoopie pies Grassroots had! man those were the tits.

  • Yay! Sounds like a great addition to the neighborhood! The owner at Bacio is so nice, the food is always fresh and delicious, and I love that they do their own thing – it doesn’t feel like they are trying be the next trendy thing.

  • Please have delicious coffee and serve it in the morning at least on weekends. I suggest small indoor and outdoor tables. We badly need a coffee/pastry/breakfast shop and gathering point on this block!

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