A cafe, market, and cheese shop all rolled into one and cast in the image of Michigan’s famous Zingerman’s Delicatessen opens its doors in Brookline this week, unleashing a treasure trove of baked goods and retail items into the neighborhood. Allium Market & Cafe (1330 Beacon St.) debuts on Wednesday, December 20, operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with samples and product demonstrations for visitors.
Allium occupies the S.S. Pierce Building, a historic part of Coolidge Corner, and serves a triple purpose of providing cafe fare, cheese, and specialty foods. The concept is the brainchild of Talia Glass, who has worked with a team of architects and designers to remodel the space since taking it over this summer. Now, the market, cheese shop, and cafe are all built out, as is Glass’s team of experts, which includes veteran pastry chef Tania Peterson and cheesemonger Chelsea Germer.
The cafe portion of Allium will feature toasts made with bread sourced from Clear Flour Bread in Packard’s Corner and topped with everything from goat cheese to mixed chickpea salad, not to mention scallion cream cheese with salmon. There will also be salads, dips, and spreads, with an added bonus of made-to-order cheese boards that pull from the market’s stock. Coffee beverages will be made with Massachusetts’s own George Howell Coffee.