Bellegarde Bakery reopens, returning unique piece of New Orleans food community | Where NOLA Eats

Torri Donley

At Bellegarde Bakery, the stone mills are spinning again and the wheels are turning to reopen another important part of the city’s food community. Bellegarde plans to reopen Wednesday (Oct. 7), after shutting down over the summer. It closed at a particularly dark period on the pandemic’s timeline thus far, […]

At Bellegarde Bakery, the stone mills are spinning again and the wheels are turning to reopen another important part of the city’s food community.

Bellegarde plans to reopen Wednesday (Oct. 7), after shutting down over the summer.

It closed at a particularly dark period on the pandemic’s timeline thus far, as resurgent coronavirus cases made clear the crisis would be not ebb soon and led many restaurants to announce temporary closures.

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Bellegarde’s closure helped illustrated the interdependency of small New Orleans food businesses as ripples of the crisis spread. 

It is returning with limited hours to begin, from Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s also returning with an expanded menu, including baguette sandwiches and pastries and a recurring pizza night. The first pizza night is scheduled for Oct. 15, from 6-9 p.m.

As artisan baking has made a comeback in New Orleans, Bellegarde has been a pioneer. After building a business supplying restaurants and markets, in 2019 Bellegarde founder Graison Gill opened its first retail bakery, converting a former events hall on a side street in the Leonidas neighborhood.



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Sandwich baguettes are brought out of the oven at Bellegarde bakery at 8300 Apple St. in New Orleans, La., Sunday, July 7, 2019. Founded in 2013, the bakery stone mills grains for its flours.




The heart of the operation are the in-house stone mills, which harken back to ancient techniques and make the bakery unique in the region. The mills turn organic grains into the fresh flour for Bellegarde’s breads, and turn out a range of specialty flours and cornmeal the bakery sells.

Good bakeries make great pizza. That’s an adage proving true at Mayhew Bakery these days.

As he developed the business, Gill has become a leading voice among the small circuit of those in the Deep South making an issue of the identity and quality of the grain we use.



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Graison Gill




From its start as a farmers market vendor, Bellegarde has developed a wide following, especially among New Orleans restaurants, which frequently namecheck Bellegarde on their menus.

As more restaurants were closing earlier this year, the financial pressures were mounting for the bakery, leading to its closure in July.

To reopen, Bellegarde is offering more options for walk-up customers, including the sandwiches and pizza nights.

Bellegarde Bakery

8300 Apple St., (504) 827-0008

Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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