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HaleLife Bakery Expansion


HaleLife Bakery, a beloved local bakery known for its gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly offerings, has recently expanded its presence in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the grand opening of its expanded bistro concept. Located at 11270 4th Street North in the Gateway area of north St. Pete, this new 3,000 square foot space serves as the central hub for creating baked goods for all of HaleLife’s Tampa Bay locations. It’s not just a bakery, but also the first HaleLife bakery and bistro, offering breakfast and lunch options alongside popular bakery items.

The bakery first opened as a gluten-free learning kitchen and support center in Clearwater in 2016. It was founded by Laura McCutcheon and her son, both diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Their mission has been to provide delicious foods that those with dietary restrictions or allergies can safely enjoy. Over the years, HaleLife has expanded, opening additional locations in South Tampa, Carrollwood, and downtown St. Pete at 205 1st St. N. in 2021.

The new bistro location in St. Petersburg will allow HaleLife to expand its already impressive offerings, including all-day breakfast, shareables, sandwiches, baked goods, and a drink selection curated with help from Herban Flow. The space includes community tables, booths, and seating for larger groups.

HaleLife has been recognized for its commitment to quality and safety, especially for those with dietary restrictions. McCutcheon emphasizes the importance of creating a safe eating space for people with anaphylactic food allergies or other dietary needs. This dedication to food safety and variety has led to HaleLife Bakery being honored by USA Today as one of the 10 best gluten-free bakeries in America.

In addition to their culinary offerings, the new bistro also plans to serve gluten-free alcohol, host weekly events, and function as a community support hub. The bistro’s launch also coincides with the growing gluten-free and vegan dining scene in the Tampa Bay area. HaleLife is positioning itself as a foodie oasis for those seeking gluten-free and vegan eats.

This expansion is a significant milestone for HaleLife Bakery, demonstrating the increasing demand for inclusive dining options that cater to specific dietary needs while offering a delicious and safe dining experience.

HaleLife Bakery’s menu is a delightful mix of gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly options, catering to a diverse range of dietary needs while prioritizing taste and quality. Here’s a summary of what you can expect:

  1. Bakery Items: HaleLife is renowned for its bakery selection, offering an array of gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Expect to find items like delectable donuts, cupcakes, brownies, and breads. They are known for “nostalgic flavors” like Twix and Funfetti, which are popular among their patrons.
  2. Breakfast Options: The bistro serves all-day breakfast, which includes a variety of innovative and delicious choices. Highlights include breakfast quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches, and other morning favorites, all prepared with gluten-free and vegan ingredients.
  3. Lunch and Shareables: For lunch, patrons can enjoy a range of sandwiches and shareable plates. The menu is designed to cater to those who want a satisfying meal without worrying about gluten or animal products.
  4. Drinks and Craft Coffee: In collaboration with Brown Bag Coffee, HaleLife offers a selection of craft coffee options, including lattes and cold brew. This complements their food offerings and caters to the coffee enthusiasts.
  5. Expanded Bistro Menu: With the expansion into a full bistro, HaleLife now offers an extended menu that includes more substantial meal options beyond their bakery items.
  6. Gluten-Free Alcohol: The new bistro concept also includes the serving of gluten-free alcohol, expanding their range to include more beverage options for their guests.
  7. Grab-and-Go Items: For those on the move, HaleLife offers grab-and-go items like frozen flatbreads, cookie dough bites, and bagels, providing quick and convenient options for customers.

HaleLife Bakery’s menu is a testament to their commitment to providing safe, delicious, and diverse food options for people with dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences. Their expansion into a full-service bistro enhances the variety and depth of their offerings

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