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SF Fine Dining Alum to Open Ambitious New Bakery in Sleepy San Pedro

Colossus Bakery and Cafe could change south LA County’s bread scene

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Colossus Bakery and Cafe
Colossus Bread
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.

Little by little, San Pedro’s dining scene continues to grow. From the new-look San Pedro Public Market, with all of its planned food and drink options, to the busy Chori-Man storefront, the sleepy oceanside city to the south keeps on growing. And now comes another rather impressive-sounding newcomer.

Next up is Colossus Bakery and Cafe, landing on a side street right next door to Umberto Raygoza’s chorizo restaurant and wholesale production facility. Long Beach locals may already know the name, as owner Kristin Colazas Rodriguez has been popping up at farmers markets around that city for some time, in addition to selling her product at a variety of coffee shops and cafes. Rodriguez’s breads and pastries lean into the San Francisco tradition of bread-making (she was a pastry chef at Petit Crenn, among other places), meaning lots of fermentation, non-commodity wheat, and tons of personal touch.

Colossus Bakery will not only expand on that theme, it will also push into new territory thanks to Rodriguez’s husband Nick Rodriguez, who has spent time at places like Paramount Coffee Project and Rose Park Roasters. Together they’ll offer coffee and tea alongside breads, pastries, sandwiches, and light breakfast fare, with hopeful future pizza pop-ups and other dinnertime events to come down the line.

Things are tantalizingly close for Colossus already, with a planned opening by the middle of next month. “We feel so fortunate to be able to open our shop so close to home,” Rodriguez says in a note to Eater, “serving our community here in Long Beach and San Pedro.” Expect morning through midday hours to start, Wednesday through Sunday. Colossus will also continue to pop up at their usual farmers market stops for now.

Colossus Bakery. 2311 S. Alma St., San Pedro, CA.