Lyon Bakery - Fresh Bread, Fair Price!posted Wednesday, June 08 by Justine Kendall
With a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Yelp Lyon Bakery is clearly a leader in the baking community in our nation’s capital. But what you may not know is that they are a leader for local businesses as well. Please join Think Local First DC in welcoming our newest sponsor for Eat Local First Week. Please support them as well as all our other local business partners as much as you possibly can – because these businesses are the heart and soul of D.C.
Lyon Bakery, which was founded by three friends in 2000, is an artisan bakery that until recently only sold its wares to restaurants and other culinary service groups in the DC and Baltimore areas. If you’ve been to Taberna del Alabardero, Café Deluxe, Busboys and Poets, or many others, you’ve probably tasted their bread and wondered if you’ve somehow made it to heaven.
We tracked down a few of those founding friends and asked them a few questions, including why they thought it is so important that restaurants and regular consumers source locally. They believe “it’s the quality of the food as well as the healthiness of it. Also, since the restaurant is thriving getting business from people from this area, it is important that they support the economy of this area. It is a circle that ultimately leads to their cash register.” Basically – the mission of Think Local First DC in a nutshell.
So far, according to them, working in DC is great because the business community is so welcoming and cordial, and the culinary-egos in the area are as manageable as the size of the city. The struggles have come with the issue most small businesses here have – DC has so many taxes that even it doesn’t know what they are, and the real estate taxes attach unrealistically high values to properties. According to the founders “We bought our building to secure tons and tons of machinery that produce the breads and to create certainty as to our location since 75% of our customers are in DC. We are the last bakery production facility in DC but find that the city does not have any incentives to keep us here.”
So why bread? “DC needed good bread. Produced consistently and delivered on time. DC has also gone through a gastronomic revolution in the last 10 years and we are happy to a part of that and to benefit from it with so many restaurants opening up here. Not only is good bread considered part of a great meal but now people demand it in a sandwich. We really wanted to bring great bread to our city and we are striving to do that every day.”
Although they used to only source that great bread to restaurants and other large-purchase customers, luckily for us they’ve just opened a stand outside of Union Station where you can pick up some of these delectable treats for as little as $1! Their wide selection of gourmet breads is handmade every day and never created with preservatives. In fact – one of the coolest things about their website (www.lyonbakery.com) is the ability to click through the different kinds of bread they make and see a list of all the ingredients – no surprises, all deliciousness. From baguettes to boules, there is literally something for everyone. Cinnamon raisin rolls, rosemary bread, and jalapeno baguettes – the list goes on, but you get the picture. AND, as an added bonus, there is frozen yogurt available at the stand too.