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Posted at 2:47 PM ET, 07/24/2009

Bayou Bakery Won't Open As Planned

By Anne Kenderdine

Forget about the pralines, layer cakes and other Southern sweets that pastry chef David Guas was poised to serve at the former Murky Coffee location in Clarendon. The owner of Damgoodsweet Consulting and his would-be employer -- the owners of nearby Liberty Tavern, which took over the popular coffeehouse in April -- have parted ways, both sides told me today.

Following the usual public script, Guas and Liberty Tavern co-owner Stephen Fedorchak complimented one another, although Guas says he was "taken aback," given the four or so months both parties had been working together to open Bayou Bakery. "I have nothing but respect for David, and I'm sure his bakery will be a great concept," says Fedorchak. He hinted that creative differences were at the root of the separation when he said, "Bayou Bakery is best served as a chef-owned concept."

Guas says he gets to keep his concept and his logo, and he's already looking for a new space and investors for a business of his own.

Fedorchak says he's taking the weekend to come up with a new name for a replacement business, which will focus on coffee and also offer sandwiches, salads, house-made soft-serve ice cream and a few surprises. ("Fish is the new pork," he predicts.) He and his team, including chef Liam LaCivita from Liberty Tavern, hope to "welcome back vacationers and college students" by mid-September.

-- Tom Sietsema

By Anne Kenderdine  | July 24, 2009; 2:47 PM ET
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Great, another place in Clarendon that serves overpriced coffee, sandwiches and salads. Just what we need!

I'm disappointed - the bakery sounds like it would have been something different, at least.

Posted by: arl09 | July 25, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"Great, another place in Clarendon that serves overpriced coffee, sandwiches and salads. Just what we need!"

there are no good coffee shops in clarendon (save for maaaaybe java shack)

there are no good sandwiches in clarendon (not even earl's anymore)

and no good salads either.

sure, there are overpriced coffee/salads/sandwiches at the cosis and starbucks but i'll gladly pay a high price for these foods if they are decent. there is a demand in the neighborhood for this.

now on the other hand, if they were going to open up another irish pub, i'd go nuts.

Posted by: kneelconqueso | July 27, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This is terrible news. My Louisiana friends and I were looking forward to a real snowball and many of the other LA delectables planned for the bakery. DC/Arlington has too many sandwich/salad places. Something a bit different (and tasty) would have been refreshing. By the was kneelconqueso, if Bayou Bakery had opened up, they would have had great coffee (assuming Community Coffee had been picked). Tom please keep us posted if Bayou Bakery opens elsewhere.

Posted by: bayougirl1 | July 31, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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