EDWINS Bakery & Training Center to bring European sweets and breads to Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood

Posted at 12:14 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 06:21:32-05

CLEVELAND — The man behind Cleveland’s pioneering EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a place that gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in culinary and hospitality, is expanding the opportunities with the EDWINS Bakery and Training Center.

Located at 13106 Buckeye Road, just blocks from Shaker Square, the 2,900 square foot space serves as a diner, bakery and training ground for hands-on education and work experience. The bakery and training center is set to open on Dec. 20.

“EDWINS Bakery continues the trajectory of EDWINS’ revitalization efforts in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood,” said owner Brandon Chrostowski, who now has the trifecta of restaurant, butcher shop and bakery. “This also offers another valuable educational tool to EDWINS students, thereby providing them with additional skills to enhance their employability.”

The European-inspired bakery will offer freshly baked goods, coffees and a diner style menu, sourced from high quality European ingredients, and house made and cured meats from the EDWINS Butcher Shop next door.

This bakery will resemble one you would find in a café in Europe, and to ensure the authenticity of the menu offerings, Chrostowski enlisted the guidance from Kurt Zoss, the head baker and instructor at large, formerly of Zoss the Swiss Baker fame.

“This is food that feeds the soul,” said Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of EDWINS. “When you bite into one of our croissants and get that buttery, flaky crunch … that has a special place in everyone’s heart.”

The diner menu features corned beef hash with a poached egg, pancakes, french toast, crepes. Cookies, brownies, pain au chocolate, macaroons, lemon bars and Zoss's famous palmiers will fill the bakery menu.

Artisan bread will be baked on site in a state-of-the-art Polin Italian oven, including a selection of baguettes and sourdough breads. You can't have a bakery without coffee, so EDWINS will serve espresso, lattes and coffee.

The opening of the bakery is not only helping students gain vital skills and employment, it's becoming part of a solution to the food desert issues that plague parts of Cleveland, including the Buckeye neighborhood.

Hours of operation:

EDWINS Bakery and Training Center will be open 7 days a week, with special holiday schedule until the end of 2019.

From there, it will be open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays.

The bakery hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday—Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday-—8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday—10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The diner is open during the following times:

  • Tuesday-Friday—7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Saturday—8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Sunday—10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Customers may also find EDWINS Bakery on Uber Eats.

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