Photo of Little T courtesy Kristi K. via Foursquare
Baker Tim Healea is branching out to the west side. The man behind Little T American Baker confirms that construction is currently underway at a second Little T location, inside the West End's Union Way retail alley. Like all of Union Way's spaces (including candy shop Quin and the upcoming Boxer Ramen), the new bakery/cafe will be diminutive — clocking in at 400 square feet — but will serve what Healea calls a "Best of" the current Little T lineup.
The new space, dubbed Little T Baker (differentiated from its flagship by the omission of the word "American") will serve morning pastries (croissants, fruit danishes) and breads and baguettes available to-go. Lunchtime sandwiches will be made on-site but served in a "grab-and-go" format. "It'll be a little more French-inspired, like when you go to a bakery in Paris and they have those simple grab-and-go sandwiches," Healea says, citing the eastside bakery's popular ham and cheddar sandwich on pretzel bread as a menu option.
The space — affectionally called "Tiny T" by the Little team — will have about a dozen seats, with a six-seat banquette inside the space and a counter setup in the Union alleyway. Acccording to Healea, the opportunity to open a new space coincided with the elimination of Little T's largest wholesale account — Stumptown — leaving the team with the capacity to make extra breakfast pastries. "We'd gotten asked quite a bit to open something on the west side," Healea says. "It was kind of an organic choice for us, because after Roman Candle opened and we stopped making pastries for Stumptown, this opportunity came along... we felt like it was the right time. We had the capacity to go for it, and after five years in business, we were looking for something fresh and new."
Little T's flagship location debuted on SE Division in 2008. According to Healea, Little T in Union Way is shooting for an early October opening.
· Little T American Baker [Official site]
· All Previous Union Way Coverage [Eater PDX]