Monday Business Briefing: New breakfast spot opening on Barret; and more

By STAFF | April 4, 2016 6:00 am

Welcome to the April 4 Monday Business Briefing, your private business intelligence digest from Insider Louisville.

Vegan baker opening vegetarian breakfast spot on Barret Avenue

Baker Isabelle Forbes is not only expanding her business into a brick-and-mortar storefront, but she’s also adding some animal products to the menu.

Forbes is a vegan and owner of the bakery business Flora Vegan Treats. She is a regular at Flea Off Market and sells vegan pastries and desserts on an order-by-order basis out of Quills Coffee at 930 Baxter Ave.

However, sometime in May, Forbes will get her own kitchen and storefront at 1004 Barret Ave. next to Hound Dog Press and Artist & Craftsman.

“We would like to have a larger line up and offer more treats …(and) bring breakfast to the neighborhood,” Forbes said. “That was our ultimate goal, and we started small so we could do it the right way.”

She told IL that she liked the spot on Barret Avenue because it’s right off Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road. It also has lacked a breakfast restaurant since Lynn’s Paradise Cafe closed. The cafe recently sold to a Nashville company called The Fresh Capital Group.

Called Flora Kitchenette, the breakfast spot will still sell the vegan treats Forbes’ customers are accustom too, but it also will branch out. The menu will include staples such as waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and biscuit breakfast sandwiches. All dishes will be vegan but can be made vegetarian as well, Forbes said.

Flora Kitchenette will have a rotating list of featured coffees as well as a Saturday farmers market special made from foods Forbes finds at the farmers market.

The eatery will seat 20 people inside and 10 on a backyard patio. Forbes said she is hoping to find a local artist to paint a mural on the wall in the backyard to liven it up.

“We have an amazing backyard with a beautiful apple tree,” she said. “It’s a very pleasant area.”

Inside, the restaurant will be brightly painted with mix-matched decor, giving off a retro vibe, Forbes said, “hence the name kitchenette.” —Caitlin Bowling

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