Coming Up: Sugar Highs in Arlington
The two owners of The Liberty Tavern in Clarendon have partnered with local pastry chef David Guas to open a southern-themed bakery this June. Their location for Bayou Bakery: 3211 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, better known by java junkies as Murky Coffee.
Guas, who was poised to sign a deal of his own in Falls Church, says he will be serving the kinds of sweets he grew up on in his native New Orleans: fried pies, custards, pralines, layer cakes, beignets, even snowballs made with shaved ice and custom-blended flavors. A smaller selection of salads, soups and sandwiches will round out the menu.
Murky Coffee will close the end of this month. Its 70-seat, two-story replacement will be dressed up with furniture made from reclaimed wood and black-and-white photographs depicting the South. Hoping to retain the Murky Coffee clientele, Guas plans to hire a barista manager to focus on a coffee program at Bayou Bakery.
The new partnership comes at a good time for Guas, 33, who recently completed a few consulting projects as well a cookbook, the forthcoming "DamGoodSweet" from Taunton Press. Asked about what his role will be at Bayou Bakery, Guas said "I'm the guy who will be there seven days a week!"
-- Tom Sietsema
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