Visitors swooning over the Instagram feed and recipes created by Fort Collins’ Ginger & Baker project hopefully won't have much longer to wait to try out its handcrafted food.
Overhauling the very distinctive landmark Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building in Old Town Fort Collins and then adding a new two-story annex has proven to be a challenge. But while officially announcing a fall debut, the team of Ginger Graham, baker Deborrah Traylor and partner Dan Dreyfuss started hiring recently, advising potential employees they will be able to begin working in the space no later than Sept. 15.
Built in 1905 at 359 Linden St., the building features a wine cellar in the basement, with the Ginger & Baker casual restaurant and bar located on the ground floor, serving breakfast and lunch with access to an outdoor patio. Earlier menu hints have included “local chicken and biscuits, Ginger & Baker burritos, a galette with local veggies and goat cheese or chilaquiles pie with fresh pico di gallo.”
Off the main lobby sits a retail area and coffee bar offering pastries, breads and a full roster of pies. In the store, early updates speculated shelves filled with “bouquets of fresh or dried flowers, gardening and beekeeping supplies and heirloom seeds, plus seasonal popsicles or pie milkshakes sold out of the old window above the grain scale.”
Upstairs, customers will find a VIP dining room and The Cache restaurant, named for the Cache la Poudre River, featuring a menu sourced around seasonal Colorado ingredients. It will host a weekend brunch, local beer at the bar and already imagined entrees such as bison tartare, a proper rib-eye, lamb chops or country-fried chicken.
Ginger & Baker will also will be drawing many customers for its sweet and savory pie collection alone, with tested recipes including artichoke heart tarts, quadruple coconut cream pie, Pucker Up rhubarb crisp, Frito pie and Chocolate Chess Tarts.
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