Rose Street Patisserie, the bakery from renowned chef John Kraus and partner Elizabeth Rose, is opening a new cafe and production bakery space on St. Paul’s West 7th Street. The project is part of the continued revitalization of the historic Jacob Schmidt Brewery. This will be the first fully functionally cafe kitchen for the popular bakery, and will have 38 seats inside with another 40 available in an adjoining patio and will open before the end of summer. The production bakery, down the hall from the cafe, will allow for continued expansion and an apprenticeship program. Kraus to put together a trade training curriculum to educate a new generation of professional bakers.
Rose Street Patisserie has two other locations in Linden Hills and on Snelling in Saint Paul. Rose Street also operates a stand that sells treats inside Keg & Case, that’s also part of the historic brewery complex. The company also operates Patisserie 46, its original bakery in South Minneapolis.
The opportunity to teach the delicate art of bread baking as a trade is something Kraus is excited to tackle, and create a formal program for those could consider a trade an alternative to traditional four year college. Already a baker is using the facility to train for the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, the world cup of bread baking, which Kraus took home an unprecedented bronze placement.
The Keg & Case food hall opened in September of 2018, a food hall in the former keg house of the Jacob Schmidt Brewery. The Rathskaller is the next building that’s finding new use, including a very cool, completely untouched bar in its basement. It’s unclear what is planned for that. Other developments in the building include a space from Worker B that will include an infrared sauna, depravation tank, and a beeswax lined room with heated floor.