Audabon Bakeshop, which previously had a stand in Suburban Station, opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Chinatown a few weeks back, according to reports from the Daily Pennsylvanian and Michael Klein. (Audabon's brightly colored macarons were also already familiar to patrons of a few other local shops, like Chapterhouse cafe.) The shop is selling a variety of puddings in addition to a rotating cast of macs. (Owner Audrey Chang explained the practicality of the pairing to Klein: "The macarons just use egg whites, and I had all these egg yolks.")
Open Wednesday through Sunday, early sales were strong enough to lead to sell-outs, though the shop has now upped production to meet the demand. The shop's Facebook page advertises a Pull-up Challenge, for those blessed with upper-body strength: break the store record on the pull-up bar and get a free pudding. (The standings, at last posting, seem to be 27 for men and 5 for women.) There are also promises of menu expansion to come, including vegan smoothies.
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