Rustica Bakery’s move north from South Minneapolis to Calhoun Village may have disappointed many neighbors in the vicinity of 46th Street and Bryant Avenue, but for those of us who live near Lake Calhoun, it’s a welcome addition to the culinary scene. Rustica fans will find the much-loved selection of artisan breads, pastries, and desserts in the bakery’s new home, as well as a partnership with local coffee roaster Greg Hoyt of Bull Run Roasting Company, which is sourcing the beans for the coffee and espresso drinks. Early birds and night owls will both appreciate the bakery-cafe’s extended hours, beginning as early as 6:30am during the week and going until 10pm Fridays and Saturdays, and Rustica is now open daily, though on Mondays you’ll need to make it a quick trip between 6:30 and 8am.
As a public service to readers, the Heavy Table sampled the enormous cinnamon bun and classic rustic chocolate chip cookies. You can rest assured that both treats passed quality-control checks, particularly the sticky-sweet but light-as-air cinnamon roll. Feel free to consume without caution.