After a string of successful pop-ups at locations like Bagelsaurus and Longfellows, Vinal Bakery is spinning a new track as it prepares to open a brick-and-mortar spot. Founder Sarah Murphy will settle down in Union Square in mid-April to hawk English muffins and other baked goods made mostly with ingredients from local purveyors.
“The menu is really New England-inspired,” the New Hampshire native says. “A lot of the flavors and some of the recipes are things that my grandma would make, as well as flavors I grew up baking, so it’s kind of a convergence of the two.”
Opening steps from the Bantam Cider taproom in the now-shuttered Pizza Palace space, the 13-seat interior will boast whitewashed walls. Mint green and cobalt blue pendant lights will add pops of color, thanks to Black Birch Creative, whose owner Thomas Tietjen also created wooden tables and counters to give the room a rustic touch.
A Little English: The Somerville bakery will offer many English muffin types.
“The space is really clean and bright with a bit of a vintage feel,” Murphy says. “It’s a small space, so we didn’t want it to feel too busy.”
Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the kitchen will serve sandwiches on English muffins, like the Miss Maple topped with an over-medium egg, cheddar and maple butter with the option to add bacon, ham or turkey sausage, and the Archie, the spot’s take on a Fluffernutter, featuring Everett-based Teddie’s peanut butter, housemade vanilla marshmallow crème and sweet and salty peanuts. A selection of pastries will include scones, cookies and whoopie pies, as well as five to six English muffin flavors—such as classic, multigrain, oat sesame and anadama—that will rotate monthly. Customers can wash down baked goods with a cup of java from Portland roasters Tandem Coffee or sip coffee milk made in-house as a nod to Rhode Island.
“A huge part of creating this is so that people can come and feel really welcome,” Murphy says. “I hope they come by and introduce themselves because I think a big part of this is getting to know the people that come in the door—that’s the part I’m really excited about.”
Vinal Bakery 222 Somerville Ave., Somerville vinalbakery.com