Look out, cobbler lovers, there's a new pastry shop downtown.
Or there will be soon, when Aunt Flora
opens "Everything Under the Crust" on Fourth Street in October. Look for the peach cobbler Martha Stewart helped make famous
as well as more lunch-friendly savory cobblers, like the chicken-filled variety.
Aunt Flora and her husband, who she calls "Uncle Flora," started selling pies based on her grand-aunt Flora's recipe in Findlay Market in 2006. They closed their successful Market shop last year because of health issues, but have spent the last few months catering and supplying their devoted followers.
They snagged the storefronts at 211 and 213 Fourth Street for a new venture that Aunt Flora hopes will embody a "European cafe" feel. "It's such a cool little spot," she says.
While she has plans to expand into a skillet-based restaurant in the space's second storefront, she's most excited about getting back into the kitchen and opening her doors to serve cobbler, pies, cakes, casseroles and homestyle desserts like banana pudding, bread pudding and rice pudding.
"It's gonna be whatever I decide to cook that day," she says.
The time she has spent preparing the new space has both excited and frustrated her. "I really want to work in the kitchen," she says. "I'm going to be doing some cooking classes and cooking demonstrations."
For now, Aunt Flora could use some design help to put the finishing touches to the pastry shop, perhaps a cobbler-loving restaurant stylist to guide her in creating the perfect atmosphere so that she can focus her energy on the food.
Now that the floors and walls are ready, she has just one question left: "What do we make this place look like?"
To offer support or artistic services, please email Flora
By Elissa Yancey
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