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Inside Andersonville’s New Palace of Carbs From a Fine Dining Pastry Chef

Lost Larson will unleash breads, sandwiches, chocolates, and more next week

Lost Larson is set to open next week in Andersonville.
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Next week, a pastry chef who’s worked at a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants opens a temple of carbs in Andersonville. Bobby Schaffer will feature fresh breads, croissants, chocolates, and sandwiches at Lost Larson when it opens on Wednesday at 5318 N. Clark Street. Schaffer was the first pastry chef at Grace, the West Loop restaurant that launched chef Curtis Duffy into superstardom. It’s since shuttered.

Schaffer has also worked in Spain and upstate New York (at the lauded Blue Hill at Stone Barns), learning the skills to help him open his own business. Lost Larson is the former Goddess & the Grocer spot along Clark and features a back patio. Schaffer wants to feature the best of the Midwest and he’ll offer four to five loaves of bread daily. He maintained his methods will give Chicagoans baked goods like they’ve never tasted before, certainly better than those stale and laminated pastries growing old inside that chain coffee shop’s display case.

He’s got about 20 seats inside and Schaffer’s sister, Bree, will handle the barista duties. She used to work for Stumptown Coffee. In a neighborhood which lost Swedish Bakery last year, a new spot for breads, pastries, and sandwiches was needed.

Take an early stroll through the rehabbed space below. Lost Larson opens on Wednesday.

A blue sign outside a building that reads “Lost Larson.”
Lost Larson’s sign on Clark Street.
The bakery’s papered-up walls.
The counter and seating along the wall.
Enjoy an open-faced sandwich for a quick meal inside.
The fresh-baked bread should starting emerging from the oven around 10 a.m.
Spices and everything nice.
This counter will soon be filled with croissants and other baked goods.
More items for sale on the wall.
Coffee, teas, and lemonade to sip on the go or on the back patio.
Andersonville is known for its Swedish history.
Follow the hand to the back patio.
Enjoy a lingonberry hibiscus lemonade outside.
Let’s hope the fresh chocolates don’t melt in the sunshine.

Lost Larson Bakery

5318 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website

Lost Larson

2140 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 770-9015 Visit Website