At last, Allston has its very own purveyor of Swiss baked goods, from chocoweggli rolls to pajazzo loaves. The Swissbäkers Bakery and Cafe flagship celebrates its grand opening tonight from 5 PM to 8 PM. The 2000-square-foot cafe boasts a huge production kitchen, a big step up from the existing 400-square-foot shop in Reading, which will remain open. Swissbäkers also appears at farmers' markets around the area. The Allston space isn't quite complete yet; the real furniture is on the way, and the giant hanging fireplace and tree sculpture mentioned previously have not been installed yet. But in its current form, the cafe is already impressive, from the bright red and white color scheme to the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.
The inside seats about 100, and there will be a 40-seat patio outside as well. Guests can hold meetings and parties in a side room decorated with a mural of Lucerne, Switzerland, co-owner Helene Stohr's hometown, and there will eventually be a play area for children.
At Swissbäkers, customers are called guests and employees are called co-entrepreneurs. Owners Helene and Thomas Stohr are committed to a "grandchild-sustainable" philosophy where they try to make only a positive impact (or no impact) on their grandchildren's environment. In this vein, they recycle diligently and source ingredients locally when possible, and they also offer discounts to guests who bring their own reusable cups and bags.
The menu includes breads, pretzels, sandwiches, soups, quiches, and a generous selection of pastries, from chocolate-filled croissants to raspberry Linzer tartes. Swissbäkers Bakery and Cafe will be open Monday through Friday from 5:30 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays 7 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sundays 7 AM to 5 PM.