Last May, we let you know that Bayou Bakery was coming to the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Those of us who have been waiting impatiently ever since will be pleased to know they’ve announced an opening date of early May 2015!
Chef David Guas – recently voted Best Chef by the residents of Arlington, Va. – will open his second Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in the historic carriage house. It’s the first retail establishment or restaurant to occupy the space, which was first commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago to hold a horse-drawn ambulance and medic team. The new restaurant will maintain the 19th-century original décor, including the ceiling-high stable doors, wooden hay chutes and exposed brick walls.
Guas plans to offer farm-friendly dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of seafood specials, including fried oysters and shrimp po’ boys. And of course Guas will make cakes, pies, biscuits and pastries daily – we can only hope this includes his delicious beignets. Guas has the help of Kyle Pool, director of coffee & tea, and Tressa Wiles, director of all things baked & fried.
I’ve often made trips to Arlington just to eat at the original Bayou Bakery, so I’m really looking forward to having it only steps from my house.