Looks like Short Cake inside the Original Farmers Market has served its last, with news trickling in last night that the pastry and coffee stand would be shutting down immediately. Management on site held an all-hands meeting this morning to inform staff, and as of this writing there was nobody answering the phone.
It’s a sad end for one of the Original Farmers Market’s better dining options, which came about in conjunction with Short Order, the erstwhile corner burger restaurant that has since become Moruno. With fewer ties to the market now that their parent outfit was gone, Short Cake continued on with guidance from overall pastry chef Ivan Marquez and coffee from Verve.
In a statement, the Sprout restaurant group behind Short Cake says:
After 4 wonderful years, and the opportunity to work with a dear friend Amy Pressman and the amazing Nancy Silverton, Short Cake at the Original Farmers Market closed its doors this morning. We are so grateful to our patrons and supporters over these past few years for helping to make Short Cake such a staple in the community.
Of course this isn’t the first recent Sprout restaurant to shuffle off. Since the departure of founder Bill Chait the restaurant mega-group has been quick to pare down some of their less successful enterprises, turning over places like Catch & Release while all-out shuttering others like Nuance in Santa Barbara. No word on what, if anything, will replace Short Cake at the market.