Prepare for something new rising in the heart of the Red Mile. CREATE builds Corbeaux Bakehouse.

The former site of Melrose Cafe & Bar will soon be home to a new bakery and cafe concept.

The Calgary brothers behind Fratello Coffee Roasters and Analog Cafes, Chris and Russ Prefontaine, are set to launch Corbeaux Bakehouse in the prime location along 17 Ave. S.W.

But it’s not just a bakery, and “will offer exceptional breads, world-class pastries and a rotating menu inspired by only the finest ingredients, with everything crafted in-house,” according to a news release Friday morning.

Corbeaux Bakehouse sees the brothers team up with American award-winning chef Keith Luce, who has received accolades from the James Beard Foundation as a Rising Star Chef Winner and Best New Restaurant Nominee, while Food & Wine magazine has recognized him as Best Chef.

“Keith’s as seasoned as they come but what really excited us most was his excitement about Calgary and how aligned he was with our vision for this special place,” said Chris Prefontaine.

The concept will see the team take Luce’s background and skills and apply it to the approach the Prefontaine brothers took with coffee: “Small-production ancient grains. Local ingredients.  A fierce emphasis on freshness. And knowing who makes your bread and food. Knowing their name, their story and why they believe in what they do,” according to the release.

“It’s an Old World approach, but with a fresh new energy,” said Luce. “The Corbeaux experience will begin with respect for ingredients and technique, but ultimately it’s about going back to the basics and creating a community bakehouse that brings people together in the heart of the city.”
Corbeaux is expected to open in September.

CREATE is proud to be a part of the team building this new and exciting project. Stay tuned for updates on the Corbeaux Bakehouse.

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