Andre Guerrero has reached an agreement to lease Butter Tart Bakery. He plans to transform the Glassell Park bakery into a breakfast and lunch spot and use the space to help supplement two of his other restaurants: The Oinkster and marché LA. The hope is to re-open on October 24 with a revamped pastry roster, a new coffee program, a small breakfast menu and operational control from sons Fred and Max.
Guerrero and his sons inherited all the brand-new equipment from previous owner Karena Higgins. Given that, they don’t have to do much with the space. Instead, they’ll focus on revamping the menu, beginning with the coffee program. “We’re really focusing on having amazing coffee,” says Guerrero.” To accomplish that, he’s sourcing beans from Intelligentsia’s neighborhood roasting facility and invested in a new espresso machine, the “Rolls Royce of machines.” Butter Tart will feature a brew bar, where every cup is ground and brewed to order using a pour-over drip system.
For breakfast, Guerrero plans to offer a tight menu that includes options like corned beef hash and Anson Mills heirloom grits with “spoon tender” bacon confit and poached eggs. His goal with breakfast: “keep the menu limited to focus on really great stuff.”
Marché LA pastry chef Jan Purdy will handle the pastries and bread baking, She’ll bake all the cupcakes for The Oinkster and may even create some new site-specific flavors. Purdy will make all the potato and cheese rolls for marché LA, and some bread will be available for purchase at Butter Tart. You’ll also find tarts and cakes. Think walnut caramel tarts, fig tarts with frangipane and brown butter tarts, to name three.
Guerrero is even talking about having monthly market dinners featuring chef friends.
Update: Heirloom LA ended up with the Butter Tart Bakery space instead.