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(Rudeboys buyer Matt Melvin, center, in the kitchen of the aloft Log Cabin Bakery with his two employees, Phill Surratt, left, and Ryan Hall. Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
BILLINGS - Barely a ages afterwards the acclaimed Log Cabin Bakery closed down, Rudeboys aliment barter abettor Matt Melvin has confused in.
His aliment truck, which included a adaptable bakery, was comparatively large and well-designed, but in the old Log Cabin architecture at 2401 Second Ave. N., he’ll accept 5,000 aboveboard anxiety amid the basement and the arena floor, out of which he intends to accomplish a broad bakery, with a retail boutique and alehouse up front, letters Last Best News.
“We don’t accept abundant agents and we don’t accept abundant money, but we’re activity to accomplish it work,” Melvin said.
The broad baking operation will be alleged Three Birds Bakery, and the cafe, aloof central the capital access at Second Avenue and North 24th Street, will abrasion the aliment barter name — Rudeboys Bistro.
Street kids in 1950s and ’60s Jamaica were alleged “rude boys.” Three Birds is a nod to Melvin’s three children, as able-bodied to “Three Little Birds,” the Bob Marley song.
“We try to accumulate aggregate a little reggae here,” Melvin said.
He hopes to accept the bakery in abounding operation aural two weeks and again accessible the alehouse backward this year or aboriginal in 2018. He affairs to alpha by alms breakfast and lunch, eventually accretion to banquet and late-night coffee, until maybe 10 p.m.
A big allotment of his plan is to accomplish the alehouse a new association acquisition atom for city Billings. The charge for such a abode is added astute than ever, he said, what with the cease of the Log Cabin and added afresh the Good Earth Market.
Within a brace of weeks, he said, he and others complex in the business will appointment all residences and businesses aural a block of the bakery, introducing themselves and agreeable bodies to stop by.
“Then we’ll aloof accumulate going, block by block,” he said. And back a lot of adjacent neighbors, including association of Sage Tower, aslant from the business, allegedly don’t accept a lot of money, Melvin is acquisitive to advance some affectionate of “community discount” that allows bodies to buy aliment at 5 or 10 percent aloft cost.
“We absolutely appetite to focus on architecture article actuality for the bodies in the neighborhood,” Melvin said.
His amplification into a brick-and-mortar breadth comes not too continued afterwards the aperture of a pastry bakery on Montana Avenue, and the approaching opening, according to the Gazette, of a French aliment bakery whose plans we appear on last January. And again there is the well-established Annex Coffeehouse and Bakery on Minnesota Avenue, which makes breads, burritos, quiche and all address of candied treats.
Three Birds Bakery will abide to accomplish the breads Melvin was already authoritative — ciabatta, boule (traditional French farmers bread), a demi baguette and a flatbread — and will add brioche. In the retail breadth and bistro, he’ll accept croissants, muffins, biscuit and caramel rolls, a ample brioche doughnut and added pastries.
(Three Birds Bakery and Rudeboys Alehouse will accomplish out of the old Log Cabin Bakery at 2401 Second Ave. N. Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
For lunch, he’ll accept items agnate to the food barter menu, mostly wraps, sandwiches and salads.
He hopes to appoint three or four bakers and so far has two employees, both of whom accept lots of restaurant experience. Phill Surratt will be his accepted administrator and Ryan Hall, who is now allowance get aggregate ready, will allegedly administer the kitchen.
Melvin is leasing the architecture and all the baking accessories from Mike Schaer, the architect of Computers Unlimited and a big acreage buyer on adjacent Montana Avenue.
“He gave us a hell of a accord to get us off and running,” Melvin said.
Melvin is best aflame about all the baking accessories he now has at his disposal, including a ample proofer, a huge mixer, a doughnut mixer, a bun press, a big sheeter (used to accomplish croissants), doughnut fryers and an oven the admeasurement of a applicant closet, which Melvin said he could use to accomplish 400 baguettes an hour.
Melvin heard about the Log Cabin actuality for charter from Joanie Swords, the buyer of Harper & Madison, a alehouse and bakery, area he generally anchored his aliment barter this summer on that canicule that Harper and Madison was closed. Melvin said he was in talks with the absolute acreage agent, Emilio Campos, a anniversary afterwards the Log Cabin closed.
He additionally affairs to accumulate the aliment barter operating, abnormally because he admired hitting the music anniversary ambit about Montana this summer, area he got a acceptable feel for what Montanans like and don’t like.
The capital affair he abstruse is that we are, apparently, a appealing acute bunch.
“People like real, affection food, lots of it and cheap,” he said.
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