Baking

Ponce City Market’s Root Baking Co. closes

Root Baking Co. closes its doors after three years of operation in Ponce town market, and seven years in business. The South Bakery will officially close its doors on Sunday, April 3, as announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

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husband and wife duo chris wilkin and Nicole Lewis opened the bakery seven years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, where they started cooking and selling products from an old fireworks stand.

In September 2018, the couple moved their business to the second floor of Ponce City Central Market Food Hall. There, Root Bakery Co. has become a go-to source for breads, pastries and sandwiches, also supplying baked goods to several Atlanta restaurants, as reported by Eater.

“Almost 7 years later, we’ve moved, grown, survived Covid and remained committed to our mission to be a Southern bakery,” Root Baking Co. said on Instagram. “Along the way, we’ve had the incredible good fortune to work with some of Atlanta’s most inspiring chefs and artisans, and we’re proud to have shared the time and talent of a team of bakers, chefs, cooks , dishwashers, bartenders, baristas, and the delivery drivers who made us who we are.

Wilkins and Lewis will turn their attention to Jean Pizza, a pizzeria they opened in 2020 that took over the cafe space from the bakery. The Instagram post also said that “there is big news for Pizza Jeans on the horizon,” but did not provide further details.

Wilkins – named one James Beard Award 2019 and 2020 Outstanding Baker semi-finalist — told Eater he will continue to serve as a pastry consultant for Atlanta chefs who seek his expertise.