Living for the upcoming opening of a bakery and cafe in East Van – Scout Magazine


East Van, get excited: in the next few weeks, construction will be underway on Erin Ireland’s new 1800 square foot.Live for ‘ Brick-and-mortar bakery and cafe, located at 1508 Nanaimo St.

Going from selling an established range of baked goods in a commissary kitchen to opening a brick-and-mortar cafe takes courage – even when you’re Erin Ireland and can trust twelve years of experience. experience to meet the requirements of a faithful to follow for reassurance. That’s why it was especially inspiring to meet the creator of “Vancouver’s favorite banana bread” and plant-based lifestyle champion, at what will soon be To Live For Cafe’s first location to see her. take the proverbial ‘jump’.

As we step into the space to take a quick look around, Ireland admits, “I’m a little terrified…I’m still in shock that this is happening (I never imagined owning a a bakery growing up) but also so excited… I think I’m going to live in the kitchen for the first year. I am delighted to meet clients and to be very active.

Right now, the bulky space is filled with lots of natural light and very little else, but the concrete-on-concrete aesthetic seen in the images below is only temporary. Construction, which will include a production kitchen, counter space, display cases and seating for 18 people, will begin within a week or two. To listen to Erin describe it, the cafe will have quiet corners, window seats, and open kitchen view areas.

Once complete, all production from To Live For (which currently supplies 150 cafes and stores in the Lower Mainland from a small commissary) will migrate to this new, larger space. The expansion will see Ireland develop the To Live For brand from its popular breads and biscuits, to include a full bread and baking program (think sourdough bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, cinnamon rolls, Nanaimo bars, cakes and cupcakes). The café will also offer three types of homemade dairy-free desserts – a collaboration between Ireland and Salvatore Boccarossa of passion fruit ice cream.

As Ireland explains, “I’m thrilled to share how amazing plant-based treats can be…I want customers to come in, enjoy the welcoming space, watch our cakes being decorated through the walls of glass and walk away in disbelief that it was all made without animals. We’ll also be posting a timer with the exact time our banana bread is finished so customers can taste the product that started it all, fresh out of the oven. . »

Taking inspiration from its friends at The Juice Truck, Ireland also hopes to eventually hold pop-ups with other plant-based entrepreneurs and use its Nanaimo Street square footage for fun community-focused events. “We really want it to be a hub within the community,” she says.

“I’ve always dreamed of a bakery a little off the beaten track. I never imagined being on a busy street. I like the fact that we are in a somewhat quiet area at the foot of a small residential building, not too far from The Drive. I also love that it’s close to 1st Ave and has tons of easy parking so people from all over the Lower Mainland have an easier time coming to visit.”

To ensure everything stays on track with food, room and business, Ireland will rely on French-trained pastry chef/GM Thibault Champel, GM Andrea Polz and her husband, Darren Yada. Other partners on board include Table architectureApril Tidey Design, Schedio spacesand Harmony Pacific Contract.

The scheduled opening is scheduled for late summer / early fall. The cafe will be open for day and evening service, the latter being Thursday through Saturday, to begin with. We hope to have more photos and details to share as this project gets closer to opening. In the meantime, follow To Live For Bakery on Instagram here.


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