Heights cafe closing
Heights favorite bakery's in-house cafe announces surprise closing after 12-year run
A popular Heights cafe will soon serve its last meals. Kraftsmen Baking & Café will cease restaurant operations this Sunday, March 12, owner Scott Tycer announced.
The cafe opened in 2010 in the space that had been utilized by Textile, Tycer’s pioneering tasting menu restaurant. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the cafe serves dishes such as quiche, breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and salads.
The closure comes as Kraftsmen prepares to leave its longtime home on W 22nd St. for a new facility that’s expected to open this summer in a location that will be announced at a later date. Until the move occurs, the bakery will maintain its wholesale operations and a small retail presence that sells breads, pastries, and other baked goods.
“We have loved being a part of the Heights community, but our lease is expiring at 611 W 22nd street and we are not able to continue the full-service café operations at this location,” Tycer said in a statement. “We will continue to serve our artisan breads to both retail customers and our wholesale accounts, and hope to share plans for our new location in the near future. We very much enjoy the café portion and intend to jump back in when we can.”
Founded in 2001, Kraftsmen is among Houston oldest artisan bakeries. It supplies bread, sandwich rolls, burger buns, and more to more than 200 restaurants in Houston, Austin, and Galveston, including North Italia, Katz’s, and Roostar Vietnamese Grill.
Tycer added that the company will assist the cafe’s employees in finding jobs with the bakery’s wholesale clients. The retail bakery will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm.