Levain Bakery, a New York City institution known for its six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie and other scrumptious cookie flavors, continues to grow throughout the city. The bakery will soon have five locations there when its new storefront opens on Wednesday, July 17 on the Upper East Side.
A national stage could be the next destination for Levain Bakery, as it is currently considering expansion to other major cities in the United States. Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago are three areas the bakery is looking at as it pursues larger brand awareness.
According to Eater, these national expansion plans are made possible by an investment from Stripes Group. The private-equity firm has backed other food-sector brands like Blue Apron and Grubhub. With this backing, Levain Bakery locations could one day be as ubiquitous as other cookie franchises such as Insomnia Cookies.
Levain bakery was founded in 1994 by Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, who wanted to create the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie. It quickly became a neighborhood institution and a destination for travelers with a sweet tooth.