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This Marina Pastry Pop-Up Is Taking Its Photo-Worthy Flaky Croissants to North Beach

Butter & Crumble bakery will open a permanent location at 271 Francisco Street

A hand holds a pecan pain Suisse from Butter & Crumble. The details of the laminated pastry are seen, topped with chopped, sweetened pecans. Butter & Crumble
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

Sophia Smith, whose Marina-based pop-up Butter & Crumble took the city by storm in the early days of the pandemic, is opening her first permanent location in North Beach. The new bakery will open at 271 Francisco Street. Fans can expect the gluten-free and vegan options that have made the pop-up popular, plus the Parisian-inspried treats including cinnamon pains au chocolat that Smith says upgraded her game in February 2023. In a pleasant twist of fate, the location is the former Tante Marie’s cooking school where Smtih’s mom cut her teeth as a young cook.

Smith’s permanent space will join the North Beach renaissance and be in-part funded through SMBX, an investment company that allows private residents to buy bonds to support small businesses and receive repayment plus interest. Butter & Crumble isn’t the only Bay Area business to announce the opening of its first permanent space thanks to SMBX assistance; Hella Bagels will open on San Pablo Avenue through the same program, and last year Reesa Kashuk’s Poppy Bagels found SMBX an appealing alternative to traditional funding, too.

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