B-Side BBQ, which we reported through EBX closed last month, was slated to reopen in spring as B-Side Baking Co. Berkelyside is reporting that Tanya Holland’s latest venture is in fact open for business (We’re so used to things taking longer than expected, this one caught us off guard!).
Chico native and rising East Bay baking star Celeste Scott (pictured in the above feature image), moved over from Brown Sugar Kitchen and will assume control of the menu of B-Side Baking Co. The Bakery’s kitchen will be primarily devoted to home-style baked goods including muffins, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, pies, cookies, buttermilk biscuits & scones. There will of course be a selection of gluten-free alternatives. Coffee and espresso drinks will be supported by nearby Oakland based Roast Co.
The soft-opening discreetly took place last Thursday but the menu will expand from exclusively baked goods to more lunch appropriate offerings including sandwiches and bringing over the popular fried chicken recipe from BSK. Waffles will reportedly be eschewed in favor of biscuits and a side salad but this isn’t official. Tanya has also teased us with the return of B-Side BBQ’s popular brisket. There will also be a daily meat and seasonal veggie option. Scott will be given some creative control over the final sandwich menu as well.
The interior is pretty similar to those that were familiar with B-side BBQ with the same western motif although the counter and waiting area have been removed to open up the space. The adjacent B-Side Barn will continue to host events and offer a full selection of cocktails through the liquor license that B-Side retained. The Bakery portion currently offers beer & wine and is looking at brunch-time appropriate cocktails including mimosa’s with ideas to include Irish coffee and Bloody Mary’s. B-side will eventually expand their hours into the evening to accommodate diner. “We didn’t really formally announce that we were opening” mentioned Scott “We’ve had people from the neighborhood stop by and welcome us. It’s been great so far!”
Hours: 7am to 3pm