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Inside Clark Street, LA’s Great New Bakery Destination

A cafe, wholesale operation, and one very happy baker

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The flour bags are stacked and the oven is on at Clark Street Bread & Pastry, the much-anticipated bakery at the edge of Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown. There’s wholesale work to be done in the back and a cafe to manage up front, and owner Zack Hall is ready to get to work.

Hall’s dream of opening a commercial retail space with a consumer-facing cafe has taken years to come together, though the ups and downs of the place have been largely out of his capable hands. The bakery was first announced back in 2016, but construction delays and redevelopment of the entire property, which now houses wood-fired pizza restaurant Gra, yoga studio One Down Dog, and more, have kept Clark Street from becoming a reality until now.

In the intervening years Hall has continued to ascend as one of the city’s most well-respected wholesale bakers, while also opening up a kiosk at Grand Central Market in 2014 and, earlier this year, a standalone cafe down on Sunset in Echo Park proper. This new facility brings all of Hall’s sensibilities together under one tall roof, with a cafe area up front serving Devoción Coffee, loads of pastries and takeaway breads, and a savory cooking side that includes omelettes, quiche, bagels with lox, and more.

The space itself is compact but comfortable, with a wide patio area up front filled with brick touches and lots of greenery. There’s a communal table just inside, and room to peek into the back to catch the baking in action. Clark Street Bread and Pastry officially starts up on Monday morning, working hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Clark Street Bread & Pastry. 331 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.

A plate of freshly baked pastries.
Pastries galore
Fresh chocolate chip cookies on a plate with a scone.
Cookies and scones
A loaded bagel with lox and sprouts.
A loaded lox bagel
A triangle of a quiche with leeks and a side salad.
Leek and comte quiche
A tomato, lettuce, and tuna salad sandwich.
Tuna salad sandwich
A buttery omelette with herbs on a black plate.
Omelette with herbs
A black plate with bread, ham, cheese, butter, and an egg.
Nordic breakfast plate
A basket of freshly baked breads on varying sizes.
All the breads
A coffee and pastry station inside a warehouse-like space.
Coffee and bread
A brick-lined patio with green plants and chairs.
Patio seating and plants
A communal wooden table in a white room restaurant.
Art on the walls at a new bakery.
Stacked flour at a new bakery as sun streams in.
Wholesale breads cool on a rack.
Funny details at a new bakery, including celebrity pictures and books.
An exterior of a new bakery cafe with a tree sitting in the middle.
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