It has been a long wait, but three months after Baker D. Chirico’s oven was destroyed by flooding, its Fitzroy Street flagship has finally reopened. A replacement has been delivered from San Sebastian, and the bakers are pumping out their full range of breads and pastries for St Kilda locals once again.
D. Chirico’s Allona Goren told Broadsheet the team decided to make the best of a bad situation, refreshing the store during the break. The most noticeable change is a striking bread-themed wallpaper by artist Misha Hollenbach of Perks and Mini. It’s a temporary installation ahead of a complete rework in 2016 by March Studio, which designed the baker’s iconic Carlton store.
Chef Eddie Atkin (Coin Laundry, Two Birds), a Gordon Ramsey protege, is also on board, with an eye to establish the baker as the area’s premiere breakfast destination. Atkin’s keeping things simple with hand-churned butter, specifically made to be slathered on thick slices of still-warm sourdough. There’s also a fresh take on bircher muesli on the menu, which forgoes an overnight soaking in favour of grated-to-order apple, toasted almonds and Schulz Organic yoghurt.