Montavilla is getting a new brunch spot with White Rabbit, from the team behind Hungry Heart Bakery. The cafe and bakery will move into the old Townshend’s Teahouse space on 79th and Stark, just down the street from its sister bakeshop, and will serve brunch daily as well as baked goods like breads and pastries.
Fans of Jax and Morgan Hart’s other ventures, Hungry Heart Bakery and the now-closed Heartbreaker, will recognize some of the baked goods and sandwiches at White Rabbit, but the Harts want to be clear that this a new venture. The cafe will focus on brunch items, some familiar like the breakfast sandwiches at Hungry Heart and slow-smoked brisket hash from Heartbreaker. Other items will be new, though the duo are self-described as “cagey” about revealing too much; diners can expect some classic brunch dishes with Mexican and Southern touches that reflect on the pair’s respective histories. The Harts will emphasize working with local purveyors and farmers, as well as a dedication to low-waste production. A full bar means brunch drinks like bloody marys will also be available.
White Rabbit will continue to serve its sandwiches on bread baked in-house, and visitors will be able to stop in for a loaf of bread or some pastries to take home. With bread and pastries at the cafe, Hungry Heart will return to its sweet roots, focusing on cupcakes, cookies, and macarons, and will pick up Heartbreaker’s ice cream program.
The space is still being developed, with Jax Hart, a woodworker as well as baker, building the bar and booths. Named for the Jefferson Airplane song, not Alice in Wonderland directly, White Rabbit will have some deep green forest colors, but nothing too Wonderlandesque.
While it’s primarily self-funded, the Harts are looking for some additional community support through an IndieGogo account, complete with perks like coffee and a pastry at Hungry Heart or baking classes with Jax Hart.
White Rabbit will be at 7940 SE Stark Street, and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a goal of May 1 for opening.