A rendering of Kneads, a new bakeshop and café from H&S Bakery, slated to open in summer 2021 in Harbor East. Image courtesy of H&S Bakery.

H&S Bakery announced today that it will be opening a new Harbor East bakeshop and café called Kneads.

The eatery is slated to open in summer 2021 at 506 S. Central Ave., where it will specialize in made-from-scratch breads and baked goods.

H&S Bakery has been in the Paterakis family for four generations, since “Harry” Tsakalos and Isidore “Steve” Paterakis founded the business in 1943.

CEO Bill Paterakis said members of that fourth generation were the ones responsible for coming up with the idea for Kneads.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see this next generation honor our roots of making hand-crafted, artisanal bread and baked goods, with an updated and thoroughly modern approach,” he said.

Kneads will pay homage to H&S Bakery’s history while ushering in “a new era of artisanal baking and foodservice,” the shop’s owners said in a statement.

The space will merge modern, industrial, warm and rustic aesthetics to create an “elevated but relaxed” environment, the owners added.

The more than 150-seat café will include a mezzanine, an outdoor patio and a to-go window for easy ordering and pick-up.

Guests will also be able to observe the baking process right before their eyes through the glass of the on-site bakeshop.

Kneads’s bakeshop will offer French baguettes, focaccia, ciabatta, Brioche, fresh boiled bagels, donuts and more. Meanwhile, the café menu will feature sandwiches, flatbreads, toasts, pastries, soups, salads, coffees, teas and bottled beverages.

The eatery’s evening offerings will include pairings of bread and cheeses with wine or beer flights.

Kneads will also partner with other Baltimore-area food vendors with selections off coffees, oils, vinegars, dips, jams and more.

Kira Paterakis, Kneads’ communications liaison, said the new business will seek to connect customers with fellow local businesses and foster community in downtown Baltimore.

“We like to use the motto ‘Baking a Difference’ for this project because it is not just about baking, but building community,” she said.

Kira added that Kneads also plans to offer baking classes and programs for Baltimore City children.

“We look forward to not only providing a hub for the neighborhood to come together, but also to continuing H&S Bakery’s tradition of being a positive steward within the community,” she said.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...