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Bakery Bar opens in the Lower Garden District 

Local baking concern Debbie Does Doberge has found a storefront and combined the pastry concept with cocktails at the new Bakery Bar (1179 Annunciation St., 504-616-2330; www.debbiedoesdoberge), where the concept is "cake, cocktails and savories."

  The setting is the Lower Garden District — the old location of Eleven 79. The vibe is casual and comfortable with a light-filled dessert case and a dark whiskey-lined bar.

  Local bakers Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV teamed up with Jeff Schwartz of Coquette and Twelve Mile Limit (which originally sold Debbie Does Doberge goods). Mary does much of the baking, while Schwartz creates craft cocktails, teaches cocktail history at the bar and runs the operation.

  Doberge purists will find chocolate and lemon at Bakery Bar (calm down; you can special-order half-and-half cakes), but the company's website also lists salted caramel, sweet potato pie, peanut butterscotch, s'mores and other options. Elvis Red Velvet is red velvet cake filled with peanut butter and banana pudding filling and peanut butter and bacon fondant — cayenne optional.

  Guinness is on tap and wine and craft cocktails are on the menu. Drinks can be ordered alone or with cheese and charcuterie plates, hot pork pot pies or pimiento cheese "sconewiches."

  Bakery Bar is open from 10 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday.


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