Avalon International Breads to Close its Flagship Café in Detroit

The beloved eatery will open a new location with new menu options inside of Jolly Pumpkin this February.
Photograph courtesy of Avalon International Breads.

The new year brings a new chapter for Avalon International Breads. The owners of the beloved Midtown café, which opened its first location in 1997, has announced they will close their Willis St. location on Jan. 8, 2023.

The eatery will open a new location inside of Jolly Pumpkin at 441 W. Canfield, as part of a collaboration between Avalon and the Michigan brewery.

“While we leave our first home of more than 25 years with both sadness and gratitude, we look forward to building a sustainable model combining the resources and strengths of both businesses,” Jackie Victor, a co-founder of Avalon said in a press release.

The new location will open sometime in February and will features some of Avalon’s fan-favorite menu items along with new food options, a weekend brunch menu, and additional space for guests to enjoy their meal.

The move will not affect Avalon’s other locations in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor, and most of the employees at the Willis St. location will transferred to the new location.

Collaboration between restaurants has become a popular trend in the food industry after the COVID-19 pandemic forced business owners to rethink their models and share resources in order to survive, and has been embraced by several businesses in the Midtown area.

“Although Midtown Detroit, Inc. feels the loss of this anchor business at its original location on Willis, we are excited about two Midtown businesses with shared ownership coming together to co-locate,” Sue Mosey, Executive Director of Midtown Detroit Inc. said in a press release.

“This model is one we are seeing across the district and will accelerate as a going forward model post COVID for a number of other local businesses. As the market has changed in all urban districts during COVID, our local entrepreneurs who are developing new models in response are much more likely to be profitable long term, which is the most important outcome.”

For more information, including locations and menu, visit avalonbreads.net.