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French Meadow Bakery & Café opens in St. Paul near Macalester

March 19, 2014

CATEGORY: College News

Barbara K. Laskin, Macalester
Steve Shapiro, French Meadow
Khristine Vannelli, French Meadow

St. Paul, Minn. — French Meadow Bakery & Café has opened on Grand Ave. in St. Paul.  The bakery and café reside at 1662 Grand Ave., former home to Coat of Many Colors and Coffee News Café.

The new space is 3,000 square feet with an 80-seat restaurant and a quaint outdoor patio.  It features all the French Meadow’s signature dishes including a full-service restaurant and bakery, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with full table service after 5 p.m., a wine and beer bar with biodynamic, organic and sustainable wines, and 20 artisan draft beers. 

“We welcome French Meadow Bakery & Café to the Macalester community,” said Macalester President Brian Rosenberg.  “It’s preceded by its well-known and respected reputation for good, healthy food and brings its own distinctive style to Grand Avenue.”

French Meadow Bakery & Café, which began in 1985 as an organic and yeast-free wholesale bread bakery serving the local Twin Cities co-ops and natural food markets coast-to-coast, is the oldest continuously certified organic bakery in the United States. It has become an award-winning Twin Cities institution that pioneered the movement to promote organic, slow food and locally grown ingredients as the core of its menu and philosophy. 

“I am a St. Paul girl and have always wanted to bring French Meadow Bakery & Café across the river, sharing our seasonal, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) menu with a neighborhood that appreciates this philosophy,” said Lynn Gordon, founder and co-owner of French Meadow. “It has taken 23 years to find the perfect building in the perfect neighborhood, and we already feel at home!  Macalester College has been a true partner in fulfilling this vision.”

The building, which houses French Meadow Bakery & Café, was built in 1917 and is owned by Macalester College.

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