Cakes & Ale launches new concept, Bread & Butterfly Café, in Inman Quarter

All-day café to open next year
Chef Billy Allin

Courtesy of Cakes & Ale

James Beard semi-finalist and Cakes & Ale owner chef Billy Allin has a new restaurant in the works. An all-day café with European sensibilities, Bread & Butterfly Café will open in Inman’s Park’s new development, Inman Quarter, in about a year.

“As with Cakes & Ale, we stuck to the literary theme for the name. Bread & Butterfly comes from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass,” Allin says. “The bakery is a big part of the business, and the symbol for Inman Park is a butterfly, so it fits into the neighborhood really well.”

Cakes & Ale sous chef Bryan Stoffelen will lead the kitchen with Allin’s input. Head baker David Garcia will handle all bread and pastry needs for both Bread & Butterfly and Cakes & Ale from the Bread & Butterfly space.

“I come up with a grand theme and trickle down ideas,” Allin says. “We have a talented enough kitchen that they can come up with a plate based on my sketch of it.”

The approximately 1,600-square-foot cafe will offer counter service in the morning and casual table service in the evening. Everything will be made from scratch, from the pastries (croissants and scones), English muffins, and eggs for breakfast, to the seeded bar snacks served mid-morning.

Allin says lunch offerings will be similar to those at the Cafe at Cakes & Ale now: quiche, savory tarts, and sandwiches, with the possible addition of a heartier platter du jour. Later in the afternoon, pick-me-ups like miniature savory tarts and Monte Cristo or croque monsieur will be available. In the evening, customers will be able to have a light dinner “or just nosh,” Allin says, citing antipasto and other small plates as examples.

Counter Culture Coffee will be served all day; expect espresso, cappuccino, and macchiato. At night, there will be coffee cocktails, in addition to wine and beer, soda, and house-made teas.

Designed by Square Feet Studio, Bread & Butterfly Cafe will be “comfortable, bright, and airy, quirky and funky, but not outlandish.”