After 10 years, award-winning pastry chef Michelle Gayer will close her original Salty Tart location at Midtown Global Market on September 30th. The award-winning bakery will add a new retail location to its commercial kitchen site at 2940 Harriet Ave S. in Minneapolis the next day.
Salty Tart moved production of their addictive milk buns and other mass production goods to the commercial kitchen a year ago. After that, business at the original little market stand fell by 30 percent.
Gayer first rose to prominence as the pastry chef for Chicago’s legendary chef Charlie Trotter. She moved to Minneapolis after being lured by a commercial bakery where she took over operations. She longed for her own place, a little cafe that sold sweet and savory things. In 2008, she embarked on her dream by opening the small bakery inside the market at 920 East Lake Street. During her tenure there, Gayer has been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award four time.
Salty Tart opened the cafe Gayer had originally dreamed of in December of 2017.
When Salty Tart launches its new space at the beginning of October it will be the enterprise’s third location in addition to the one it has inside St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative and Salty Tart outpost at MSP airport.