There aren’t many snacks more comforting that toast and butter, and doesn’t Anchored Coffee know it. In a rare occurrence of Halifax getting in on a food trend while it's still a food trend, Anchored's Zane Kelsall, and co-owner Dean Petty, are teaming up with their pals at Pro Skateboards and Snowboards (6451 Quinpool Road) to comfort you with artisanal toast and then some, via Anchored Espresso Bar & Toastery.
Starting August 1 on Pro's first floor you’ll find piping-hot mugs of Anchored’s own roasts, and toast. But not the sad heels you’re used to burning the edges of. For about $3 a pop you'll get homemade bread courtesy of The Canteen (browned to perfection, of course) topped will cinnamon sugar, honey butter or a rotating type of “infused butter of the moment”, says Kelsall teasing of flavours like maple bacon and sriracha. “Then we got thinking, we’re in a skate shop...what do skateboarders eat? And corner store junk food is what we came up with.”
That’s where baker Catherine Roberge comes into the picture with homemade takes on Pop Tarts, Twinkies, Joe Louis’, Swiss Rolls and other individually-wrapped treats you always wished you’d find in your lunchbox, which will be baked fresh at the Halifax location of Two if by Sea. "We're going to have a lot of fun," says Kelsall. "It won't detract from what we're doing at TIBS, but in a way it feels i'm opening my first coffee shop." The Toastery will be open 8am-4:30pm, to ensure you can get your fix before Pro even opens. Breakfast is totally going to suck until then.
Also, speaking of toast you should all really listen to THIS, where This American Life gets the inspiring tale behind the owner of one of San Francisco's most popular toast spots. Among many amazing things, she says: "Nobody can be mad at toast, I mean it’s cinnamon toast everybody’s stoked." Truth.