Dallas' best bakery is opening a second location, one that will bring its incomparable breads to Dallas' east side.
Empire Baking Company, the artisan bakery which introduced true sourdough to Dallas, is opening a store at The Hill, the hipster mixed-used development at the northeast corner of US-75 and Walnut Hill Lane.
Empire is part of a wave of newly announced tenants moving into the shopping center, most in early 2019, that include a poke place, a pizzeria, and a handroll restaurant. Hey, how about a bulleted list with bolded names:
- Pokeworks, a Hawaiian-style poke place
- Sauce Pizza and Wine, the growing pizzeria chain with salads, pastas, pizzas, wine, and beer
- Sushi de Handroll, a quick-serve, fast-casual tempura and sushi hand roll restaurant
Those are all exciting additions but nothing beats a new Empire.
The bakery has been focused mostly on wholesale sales to restaurants and stores, although at one point, they did have a quartet of retail stores, before narrowing down to just one outlet at Inwood Village at Inwood and Lovers Lane.
But co-owner Meaders Ozarow says that they've been fielding requests from customers who are east of the North Dallas Tollway for years.
"We're a little nervous because opening another retail center is a big commitment," she says. "But I see a stronger community forming in Lake Highlands. We've participated in farmers markets on the east side, and we can see that people want real food."
The store will be similar to their shop on Lovers Lane, with breads, pastries, jams, and a big selection of sandwiches and foods to-go.
They're also enthusiastic about The Hill.
"We adore Tacodeli and some of the other shops that are there," she says. "It feels like a community-driven center, and that's important to us. Bakeries are not like a clothing store where you go in and buy a shirt. They're tied to the community."