The showroom at Heath Ceramics in the Mission. [Photo: heathceramics.com]
Big news from the team behind Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine: come next year, they'll be opening a third outpost in Heath Ceramics' expansive showroom and factory facility at 18th and Alabama. Tablehopper got the first word on the project from bread celebs Chad Robertson and Elizabeth Prueitt. The couple have signed on for a 5,000-square-foot space, which will join Heath's Blue Bottle kiosk to become a combination bakery, restaurant and commissary kitchen.
The new space will be designed as a daytime dining option, but will include room for Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns to work on their own projects, as well as to host visiting chefs and potentially even offer an education component. Heath is known for its simplicity and streamlined aesthetic, and while Tartine will maintain its own separate identity, the new space will, of course, make ample use of Heath's dishware.
Heath has long been in the market for a dining option for its facility, which employs 50 factory staff members and a host of other craftspeople. It had even considered started its own restaurant in the space. But with Robertson and Prueitt living mere blocks away, the partnership became a no-brainer.
Fans of Tartine's original Guerrero Street location will be relieved to hear that it will remain in operation once the new spot opens up, with the spacious Heath outpost providing more space for Tartine's bakery staff to experiment with new recipes and products. For now, it's looking like a 2015 opening date for the new spot, so stay tuned for more details and updates as plans move along.