Napa Valley’s famed Model Bakery will open its largest location yet in Walnut Creek later this year, bringing its famous fluffy English muffins – which made Oprah’s “favorite things” list a record four times – closer to many Bay Area residents.
Scheduled to open in late 2022, the downtown Walnut Creek Bakery (1315 N. Main St.) will operate in space formerly occupied by Mexican steakhouse La Fogata. Unlike its three locations in Napa Valley, the bakery will be able to offer plenty of seating: about 50 indoors and more on a patio and parklet. The larger dining space will also allow Model Bakery to serve a significantly expanded brunch and lunch menu. Co-owner Sarah Mitchell Hanson is considering dishes like eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, pizzas and salads, and hopes to get a beer and wine license.