COURTESY: GRAND CENTRAL BAKERY  - Piper Davis, culinary director for Grand Central Bakery, walks through the retailer's new location in Cedar Mill during the construction. The new bakery will open for business Wednesday, Dec. 9. One of Portland's top bakeries will expand for the first time to the 'burbs, with the opening of its Cedar Mill location next week.

Grand Central Bakery's new Cedar Mill bakery and cafe will open Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the corner of Northwest Cornell and Saltzman roads, technically still in Portland but in the Beaverton vicinity.

Formerly a 7-Eleven, the building was completely remodeled by DHR Renovation and features an open, light-filled interior.

It has seating for 40, polished concrete floors, marble countertops and sustainable wood detailing from Hyla Woods.

An open floor plan offers views of bakers making fresh pastries.

“You’ll still know that it’s a Grand Central, but it has a much more modern feel to it,” says Ben Davis, Grand Central’s president and the son of founder Gwen Bassetti.

Modern amenities aside, he says, “We’re the same friendly, approachable bakery where you can get great bread, pastries and sandwiches made fresh from high-quality ingredients.”

Davis says the time was right for Grand Central to expand west.

This past January the company shuttered its cafe in the Northwest industrial district to convert the 2,000-square-foot site into production space for their wholesale breads.

The search began for another cafe spot.

“We were looking for another west-side location (but not too far west), and Cedar Mill has a lot of the same demographics and traffic flow as our popular Multnomah Village location," Davis says. "We also like the idea of bringing some of the city’s food culture to the neighborhood.”

Along with Nossa Familia coffee and espresso, the Cedar Mill bakery will have a soda fountain dispensing Boylan Natural Sodas (craft sodas made with cane sugar in small batches) and a small selection of goods for sale including Nossa Familia coffee beans and curated bakery products.

Founded in Seattle in 1989, Grand Central is a family-owned business, with seven cafes in Portland and three in Seattle.

The new bakery is at 12595 N.W. Cornell Road, open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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