Marla Bakery Opens in Outer Richmond: What to EatBy Virginia Miller | June 26, 2014 By Virginia Miller | June 26, 2014
As of June 20, Marla Bakery has morphed from a beloved pop-up and Mission bakery to an Outer Richmond restaurant. Just-married owners Joe Wolf (Wise Sons Deli) and Amy Brown (Citizen Cake) worked together — and fell in love — at Nopa. Soon after, they launched Marla at farmer's markets, with dinner pop-ups and their Mission take-out window and kitchen, Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal, which remains in operation.
But this is Marla's first foray into the full-service restaurant world. Menu items will change daily and seasonally. This week, we stopped in to see the space and for an early taste through baked goods and breakfast-y items, lunch and Brown's desserts. The inviting decor is marked by cool blue-and-white walls, glowing lighting, rustic tables built by Amy's father, artwork by her brother and a giant, custom wood-burning oven where they churn out daily breads. Outer Richmond has gained a heartfelt, all-day restaurant and bakery that has a familial, cafe vibe right down to the alt-country soundtrack. There's love in the details, and you can feel it from the warm welcome of the staff.
We look forward to returning for dinner and wine director Chris Deegan's (also of Nopa) wine, beer, cider and (yes!) sherry list. Breakfast and lunch started this Tuesday and dinner will roll out Thursday-Saturday, starting on July 3. Then on July 5, communal, one-seating Sunday Suppers and weekend brunch will begin. You can book reservations at one of a handful of small tables via Open Table. 3619 Balboa St.; 415-742-4379