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Doris Metropolitan Team Unveils Tastebud-Tempting Bakery

Cookies, pastries, custom cakes, and naturally some delicious-looking breads are on tap at Bādolina.

By Timothy Malcolm June 2, 2021

Labneh halva at Bādolina Cafe & Bakery.

The first spinoff of popular steakhouse Doris Metropolitan is about to premiere. Bādolina Bakery & Cafe will open Thursday at 5555 Morningside Dr. in Rice Village.

Bādolina is an opportunity for executive pastry chef Michal Michaeli, who is known for some outstanding breads and pastries at Doris, to flex her creative muscles. She'll feature custom cakes and desserts, along with plenty of fresh breads and both sweet and savory pastries. 

Items to look for include Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties, like boureka, halva, challah bread, and babka. You'll also find an assortment of cookies (chocolate chip pecan, chocolate fudge) and sourdough.

Coffee will be ground in house.

"Bādolina is a true reflection of Michal’s talents. It’s grand and impossible to showcase through just one segment of (Doris). We’ve spent a lot of time conceptualizing the bakery and its offerings," said Ben Eli, CEO of Sof Hospitality, which operates Bādolina and Doris, in a press release. "It’s a culmination of the team’s experience working in restaurants from all over the world."

Sof Hospitality, which was recently formed by Eli and partners Sash Kurgan and Itamar Levy, includes Doris, Bādolina, its soon-to-open Rice Village neighbor/modern Israeli restaurant Hamsa, and Doris locations in New Orleans and Costa Rica.

Bādolina's 1,500-square-foot bakery will offer dine-in and to-go service, and customers can also order custom cakes, cookies, breads, and more ahead of time for pickup. Guests can sit at a patio out front. The patio will also be used by Hamsa, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

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