(Lander, WY) – Freshly baked bread, decadent pastries, and creamy cappuccino photos have teased locals for months and now the wait is almost over. The European-style cafe and bar, Lincoln Street Bakery and Bar 223, will open its doors in the coming weeks.
Swing by the cafe counter in the morning for quick, convenient service to purchase loaves of bread, pastries, and coffee. In the evenings from 5-11 pm, wind down in a quiet space with a glass of wine, a broad selection of beer, or specialty cocktails.
Owner Kyle Vassilopoulos’s vision for the Lincoln Street Bakery is to become full-service which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter the time of day, their foundation remains the same – providing great leavened bread and pastry products.
We’re going to start simple, he explained. Starting with pastries, bread, and coffee. We’re going to have some breakfast and lunch. Then once we get up and running we are hoping to continue to expand into a full-service cafe, bakery, and restaurant.
Kyle, who also owns the Rusty Truck, the Lander Bar and Gannett Grill, and the Cowfish, has wanted to open a bakery for over 15 years. He graduated top of his class in the classic culinary program from a New York culinary school earning a scholarship that got him another culinary degree in the Art and Science of Artisanal International Bread Baking.
“I really enjoy restaurant work and working as a chef and working in the food industry, but I liked working in the bakery the most,” he said. “So ever since then, I’ve always wanted to be in the position and have the ability to open a bakery.”
The Lincoln Street Bakery, located across the street from Lander’s City Hall between 2nd and 3rd, has officially been in the works for about 3 years and was delayed due to the pandemic.
Major renovations were underway when everything was stopped and Kyle focused on his other businesses. He decided to pick the work back up last fall – all through the winter and now spring, he has worked all day, every day towards opening this new establishment that is distinctly different than anything else in the area.
The Lincoln Street Bakery will serve as full bakery production for Kyle’s other restaurants. Most restaurants source their baked products from outside of Fremont County and in some cases outside of Wyoming, he explained. Now, they can do it all in Lander.
In addition, their bread products will be sold at the local farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and select products will be offered wholesale to other local businesses.
“We are not exclusively using wild sourdough fermentation, but there is a heavy emphasis on that,” Kyle shared. “Almost everything that we do here is a 48-72 hour long process to get to the final product; meaning if you come in to purchase a loaf of bread, it was started 2-3 days before to get this point.”
You might also recognize their Head Baker Justin Iskra, he has recently returned to Lander after a few years away during which he attended culinary school and worked in Massachusetts at a production bakery. Before turning to baking, he was a longtime bartender at the Lander Bar.
Head of Pastry Colton Elsea moved to Lander a few weeks ago having never been here before. Most recently, he was a pastry chef in Lousiville, Kentucky. He has worked in the food industry for the majority of his life and is really excited to be here.
“Both Justin and Colton are good at what they do,” Kyle noted. “They have the skills and they have the experience and knowledge base which is why we’re here and excited to do cool things. This is also a great platform to try to get some other great people in here and being able to share that knowledge base with them and keep moving forward and doing some awesome things.”
Lincoln Street Bakery has added over 15 jobs to the community, and Kyle shared that they are still looking to add to their team. Click here to learn more.
They are all excited to open the doors and have folks come in to get coffee, get loaves of bread, a pastry (or 10) and enjoy the space by reading a book, meeting friends, or working. Then in the evening, unwind from the workday with a beverage and maybe some dessert.
The exact opening date for both the Lincoln Street Bakery and Bar 223 has not been released, however, it will be in the coming weeks and will be announced on the Lincoln Street Bakery Facebook and Instagram pages.