World-renowned pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel's Common Bond is finally open to the public. Locals have been eagerly awaiting this debut, partly because chef Shvartzapel has brought together a formidable crew of bakers and chefs for this cafe-meets-tavern bakery. He is the "common bond" between the chefs who will join him at the upcoming shop, including chef de cuisine David Morgan (John Besh's August Restaurant in New Orleans and formerly at Cyrus, along with Mélisse and Fun damental L.A., both in Los Angeles), executive pastry sous chef Jillian Bartolome and head bread baker Drew Gimma (Bouchon and Per Se in New York City). Of course, Shvartzapel is a venerable chef in his own right, having worked at elBulli, Cyrus and Bouchon. Expect a variety of viennoiserie alongside a menu of gourmet savory offerings. The assemblage of pedigreed chefs and upscale offerings shouldn't intimidate guests, however, since Shvartzapel says that they are all "united in our passion to bring an outstanding product on every level to patrons from all walks of life."
This week's soft opening hours are lunch tomorrow (May 16) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular hours begin May 20 when the establishment will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. (Check back for a full gallery of the space.)
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