Lost Bread Co. closes downtown store as partners plan to go their separate ways

Lost Bread Co.The year-old retail store on Walnut Street near 23rd in the city center closed abruptly last weekend amid a looming split between baker/operator Alex Bois and owner Avram Hornik from space.

In the spring, Bois said, Lost will resume cooking at his former home at 1313 N. Howard St. in Kensington, and add a cafe, both under his direction. Since 2017, Lost has operated under the umbrella of Hornik’s company, Four Corners Management.

Bois said he was buying out Hornik after “disagreeing on a number of things.”

In the meantime, Lost will continue to cook for its retail customers and farmers markets from its home inside Hornik’s. craft room complex at 901 N. Delaware Ave. in Fishtown. The wholesale operation ends.

The Sunday bread pop-ups will continue on Howard Street, whose space will be outfitted with new baking equipment and coffee, Bois said. The Farmers’ Market schedule includes Tuesday’s stop at Rittenhouse Square, about four blocks from the closed Lost Bread at 2218 Walnut St.

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A new bakery may be on its way to space. Hornik said he was developing a concept and a partnership.

News of the closure came as an apparent shock to the seven employees on Monday, most of whom learned about it from each other. Employees have been offered positions for similar pay at other Four Corners restaurants, Hornik said.

Lost Bread’s satellite site was formerly Res Ipsa Cafe, whose chef Michael Vincent Ferreri decamped to the acclaimed Irwin’s at the Bok Building in South Philadelphia.

Bois, 35, was twice nominated for a James Beard Award while working for Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp at the High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, a.kitchen, formerly High Street on Market). He left in 2016.