NOVEMBER 8 UPDATE: A defunct Maylands bakery once damaged by anti-German protestors will open on November 19 for the first time since the 1960s.
Back in May, oneperth.com.au revealed that Darlington-based baker Andrew Ritchie and his wife Emma would open the bakery behind the urbane Old Bakery on Eighth cafe and gallery on Eighth Avenue in Maylands.
The opening of The Woodfired Baker will see the historic single-storey building return to its roots, and its century-old scotch oven fired up.
From the 1910s to 1950s the building had been a bakery. However, during World Wars I and II its long-term owners, the Rossbach family, were forced to close and the shop was damaged by anti-German protestors.
A window from the shopfront to the existing Old Bakery on Eighth will allow customers to view the restored oven at work.
Ritchie said an increase in consumer interest for artisan bread, and a concern for what his three young children were eating, led to the bakery idea.
Most of the bread baked will be marketed wholesale but some will be sold through the existing cafe and at farmers’ markets.