The Happy Gnome’s owner Tony Andersen and pastry chef Hollis Roads are in the process of revamping a former laundromat on Selby Avenue (across the street from Taste of Thailand) to accommodate what to some may seem like the perfect marriage: pastries and booze. The Augustine Bar and Bakery, named after St. Augustine of Hippo, the patron saint of brewers, will serve treats like fresh croissants, breads and coffee from local roasters Tiny Footprint, transitioning to a Mediterranean-inspired menu for lunch and dinner. Expect lighter fare with more veggie centered dishes than the beer friendly menu at Happy Gnome. Anderson and Roads hope to create a family friendly neighborhood bistro that also happens to have a killer beer selection.
Speaking of beer, Augustine will boast an impressive line up of exclusively craft brews. The selections were curated by The Happy Gnome’s general manager Emily Brink, and will lean heavily on Minnesota and regional breweries. No macros need apply.
Look for a fall opening.