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Texas French Bread reopens in same location with outdoor garden space after January fire

After the original building collapsed in a fire, the French pâtisserie staple is coming back to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Beloved Austin staple Texas French Bread is reopening with an outdoor garden space 10 months after a fire destroyed the original building.

On Jan. 25, 2022, the bakery near the University of Texas at Austin campus suffered a mechanical failure that caused the entire building to go up in flames. The damage totaled to around $1.1 million to the structure and $500,000 worth of damage to items within the building. 

Now, almost 10 months after the fire, Austinites can once again be reunited with the French bread they adored in a new semi-permanent space. The outdoor space will include an airstream trailer for coffee and tea, tables for baked goods and a variety of benches and tables for community eating. 

The bakery posted images of the space on Instagram Wednesday. The space is located at 2900 Rio Grande Street, right across from the parking lot of the bakery's former building. 

The temporary space's hours of operations are from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kitchen will be baking goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"It's been a long wait but we are back! We've got our garden back and it's looking beautiful," the bakery's Instagram post stated. "Everything is first-come, first-serve until we sell out for the day!"

Texas French Bread's temporary location opens five months after the bakery announced that it would be leasing a commissary space and relaunching its website to allow for wholesale bakery orders. Additionally, it started selling its bread at booths in different local famers markets with home delivery options. 

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