Sherry Yard, one of the best bakers in the country, is finally getting her own bakery — and not just any old bakery at that, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The longtime Spago pastry chef is teaming up with Fathers Office owner Sang Yoon to revive the Los Angeles classic Helms Bakery in the landmark complex on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles.
They’ll start serving breakfasts three days a week at FO in January, and plan to have the full operation going by September.
It took quite a while to get all the details worked out. And Yard had to find her replacement at Spago (it will be Della Gossett, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and the French Pastry School in Chicago). Yard had been at the restaurant for 19 years, rising to executive pastry chef for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, responsible for desserts at all of the various Puck restaurants.
The bakery will be located in the Helms Bakery District complex in Culver City, in a 10,000-square-foot space that had been part of the H.D. Buttercup furniture store. In addition to a full line of baked goods, including breads and pastries, there will be a cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
Yard says she hopes that among the offerings will be some classic items from the Helms Bakery, which closed in 1969. “We’re going to have the best cream puffs and doughnuts we can make,” she says.