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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 08/25/2010

David Guas to open Bayou Bakery in Arlington

By Justin Rude

Break out the chickory coffee.

After a false start with the owners of The Liberty Tavern last year, pastry chef David Guas confirms that he's opening an all-day ode to his native Louisiana. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery is scheduled to start serving pressed-to-order muffalettas, layer cakes, root beer floats, blue plate specials and more on the corner of North Courthouse Road and 15th St. in Arlington in early November.

Guas, who is also the author of "DamGoodSweet," says he wants the 70-seat gathering spot, which will include a bar for dispensing beer and wine, to reflect but not "scream" the Deep South. There will be "no Spanish moss or wrought-iron" fixtures.

Bayou's "funkified" interior will be decorated with pressed-cane tabletops, painted glass artwork from a cousin in New Orleans and lots of reclaimed shutters. Mindful of his small budget, he says, "I'm doing a lot of the work myself." Similarly, "we're going to make (customers) work a little bit:" Patrons will place their orders at a counter, in other words.

This time around, an old friend, Passion Food Hospitality, is helping out. The Washington-based restaurant group, which gave Guas his start (at DC Coast) a dozen years ago, is a partner in the project.

Guas, 35, makes our mouth water when he previews his breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Among our excuses to drop off any diet will be breakfast sandwiches made with fresh biscuits, shrimp bisque and "a sloppy roast beef po boy" requiring "a roll of paper towels," jokes the chef. More novel is his caramel corn, which Guas first made popular at Ceiba downtown. In his new version, the sweets maker is spiking the snack with cayenne and stirring in Alan Benton bacon, along with its drippings.

Expect "PorKorn" to be a hit.

-- Tom Sietsema

By Justin Rude  | August 25, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
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