Originally expected to arrive this week, the debut of Houston pastry chef Vanarin Kuch’s much-anticipated bakery Koffeteria has been pushed back.
Kuch tells Eater that the shop’s still set to open at 1110 Hutchins Street, Suite 102 in the coming weeks, but won’t arrive on November 15 as originally announced because the space has not yet completed its final inspection with the city of Houston. The chef wasn’t ready to commit to an official opening timeline right now, but hopes to quietly kick open the doors sometime late next week.
As reported previously, Kuch got his start in pastry at Houston’s own Tiny Boxwoods, then headed to New York City to work at Gotham Bar & Grill and Bolud Sud, among other vaunted eateries. In 2011, he appeared on the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts alongside Fluff Bake Bar’s Rebecca Masson.
At Koffeteria, Kuch’s pastries are definitely on the creative side, ranging from soft kolaches stuffed with the flavors of beef pho to honey baklava croissants and croissants crusted with Cheetos and sour cream and onion chips. The shop will also boast a menu of equally creative plated desserts, ice creams, coffee, and pie.
When Koffeteria does finally arrive, don’t be surprised if the lines for pho-stuffed croissants are lengthy.