Tatte Bakery & Cafe has undergone epic growth over the course of the last few years, and it shows no signs of stopping: The local-born bakery will anchor a redevelopment project on Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, where it will build out a full cafe, production space, offices, and a test kitchen spanning nearly 30,000 square feet.
National Development will oversee the project to rework the former Cole Hersee industrial building at 60-70 Old Colony Ave., which will eventually include an additional eight to 10 restaurant and retail vendors along with Tatte.
Tzurit Or founded Tatte in 2007 and has since opened 12 locations across Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline. The rapid growth over the past few years is in part thanks to former Panera CEO Ron Shaich’s investment in the company; he’s also been busy helping fuel Life Alive expansion.
Tatte’s South Boston hub will help with production for all these locations and more — Tatte opens a store number 13 on the campus of Berklee College of Music on July 10, and more locations are forthcoming, not just in Boston, but also in Washington, DC, and New York.
In addition to production and cafe space, the Old Colony Avenue Tatte complex will host public classes and baking workshops.
“This location is perfect for our future growth,” said Or in a release. “The opportunity to put a state-of-the-art production space here as well as expand our program to provide spaces that invite the public in to see and learn more about baking and how Tatte operates is just so exciting. It will be a bakery wonderland.”
The development spans two blocks on Old Colony Avenue, and it will retain current tenants, including Rock Spot climbing gym, Lapels dry cleaner, and the Tufts Medical Center Behavioral Health Program. Tatte’s production space could open around the second quarter of 2020, with the other pieces following soon after.
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