After one year of operations in the western end of Culver City, Red Bread, the small-batch bakery, shop and café, has closed. But don't despair: It will be re-opening in the fall, in a different location.
In the mean time, its popular wild-yeast breads and pastries will still be available at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. The Magical Grocery Tour Sunday delivery service and catering will continue as well during the transition.
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The reason for the closing? According to Rose Lawrence, "While we are so thankful for the community that grew with us this past year in Culver City, we have split the seams in our tiny shop though and it is time to move to bigger digs." Tiny is right: It had just one communal table with 10 small stools, plus a few outdoor tables. After just 12 months at that location, Lawrence and business partner/husband David Lawrence decided now was the time to go.
Opening a restaurant is a long and expensive process. Red Bread was originally opened with the help of a Kickstarter campaign and a partnership with actress Lauren Bowles, of True Blood fame. Now that they're more established, they're ready to have a place where they can produce and serve their rustic, thoughtful food for an even larger audience.
The new address has not been announced, but it will be on the Westside. In the mean time, the Lawrences are looking forward to taking a much-needed vacation that will double as their long-delayed honeymoon.