Popular Pennsport vegan coffee shop Grindcore House and wholesale patisserie Crust Vegan Bakery are opening a joint location in West Philly. They’re keeping the exact address a secret for now, but it’s slated to open this summer, and will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Crust.
Crust Vegan Bakery, established in January 2015 by Shannon Roche and Meagan Benz, has operated as a catering business and wholesale provider of vegan baked goods to over 30 eateries around the city. One of those, not surprisingly, is Grindcore House, which stocks Crust’s chipwiches (chocolate chip cookie sandwiches), gluten-free S’mores bars, and coffee cake, among other items.
Grindcore House, meanwhile, has been a meatless mainstay since Mike Barone it opened in 2010, catering to the more punk rock-inclined vegans in South Philly with coffee, bagels, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. It’s one of the pioneers of the local vegan food scene, paving the way for other casual vegan establishments like HipCityVeg.
Menu highlights at Grindcore House include the Kropotkin — a grain-based field roast, greens, roasted red peppers, and vegan mayo on ciabatta bread — and the Treehugger Salad with shiitake sesame vinaigrette. Library highlights, from the anti-establishment café’s curated literary selection in the back room, are books about anarchism, animal rights, and a free-range medley of left-leaning topics.
It’s not clear yet how the menus of the two locations will be fitted together — and it should be particularly interesting to see how the two work together on décor, and how Grindcore House’s punky vibe and spiky logo will mesh with the Instagram-friendly aesthetic of Crust, with its porcelain tea sets and powder pink iced cakes on vintage glass cake stands.
Crust isn’t the only Philadelphian wholesale bakery opening a brick-and-mortar location. It joins the ranks of Alex Bois’ Lost Bread Co., which opened a café space in South Kensington last month, while the Batter & Crumbs vegan café is set to open in South Philly this summer.