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After serving their specialty bread loafs to Charleston residents for the past 3 years, husband-and-wife team Chris Wilkins and Nicole Lewis have made their way down to Atlanta and opened bakery and cafe Root Baking Co. in Ponce City Market on Thursday.
When Alon Balshan left Israel, he was 25 years old and his bank account—which was his pocket—contained 500 American dollars. He made his way to Atlanta and, in 1992, opened his bakery in Morningside. We talked to Balshan about his culinary roots and his time in the South.
Drive up and down Buford Highway or around Doraville and Duluth, and you’ll start to notice that Korean bakeries—pushing 20 by last count—practically line the roads. Their vibes range from soothing cafe to late-night hangout, where the Asian-majority clientele includes students hitting the books, elderly couples perusing, and friends of all stripes socializing over espresso drinks and bubble tea.