Hayes Valley Bakeworks, the 6-year-old bakery and cafe at the corner of Fulton and Gough streets that employs formerly incarcerated people and people with disabilities, has announced that it will open a second location next month a few blocks away, in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Building at 525 Golden Gate Ave.
The do-gooder bakery is no stranger to cash infusions from nonprofits, having gotten a $100,000 grant from Google in 2014. But this venture comes from Toolworks, an social enterprise nonprofit that also helps provide employment to the developmentally disabled. (The two organizations have a long history.)
“We love that we’re going to be in a busy city building, showcasing the amazing work we do and our delicious pastries,” Kristy Feck, the head of Toolworks, said in a release.
Hayes Valley Bakeworks makes pastries and other baked good from scratch daily, with vegan and gluten-free offerings. A for-profit business, it charges prices comparable to the competition, so there’s no “altruism premium” for getting your morning coffee there instead of Starbucks. In an April 2017 SF Weekly profile of restaurants and other food businesses with socially conscious hiring practices, it had seven or eight full-time workers plus another six in a training program.
As with the original location, the second cafe will have a wall with rolling pins mounted on it (although only the
Hayes Valley shop will be a bakery).
Hayes Valley Bakeworks, 550 Gough St. and (opening in April) 525 Golden Gate Ave., 415-864-2688 or bakeworkssf.com