Vegan bakery Breads on Oak expands with second location in downtown New Orleans –

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Breads on Oak is the latest neighborhood bakery to expand, this time with a second location in downtown New Orleans.

This new Breads on Oak is slated to open at 222 Carondelet St. by January 1. The address is in the ground floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites and connected to the Place St. Charles building.

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Chamain O’Mahony, co-founder of Breads on Oak in New Orleans, looks over the selection at her bakery case. The bakery is plant-based, serving vegan baked goods. 

Like its predecessor Uptown, this Breads on Oak will be all plant-based. Breads, pastries, king cakes and other goods are vegan. Nut oil butters are used in many of its products that traditionally call for dairy.

Co-founder Sean O’Mahony said the downtown location would begin with a shorter menu and eventually expand to mirror the Oak Street menu. That menu includes biscuit sandwiches, salads and vegan versions of muffulettas, burgers and crabcakes (made with chickpeas and hearts of palm).

King cake

The vegan tiramisu king cake from Breads on Oak is made with nut oil butters in place of diary. 

Not coincidentally, the opening timeline for the new location would put this new Breads on Oak in play for Carnival season and king cake time. In addition to a vegan version of traditional king cake, Breads on Oak makes “adult king cakes” with liquor, like a bourbon pecan praline and berry and brandy almond cream.

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Sean O’Mahony at work at his bakery Breads on Oak, part of a rising tide of neighborhood bakeries around New Orleans. 

Local couple Charmain and Sean O’Mahony started the bakery on namesake Oak Street in 2012 in a one-time appliance store. It was an early addition to the city’s rising ranks of small bakeries, specializing in artisan breads and pastries. There were vegan options from the start, though soon the couple developed their recipes to become all plant based. 

“For us, it’s about health, environment, animals and happiness,” O’Mahony said. “If you can check all those boxes, I think you’re doing pretty good.”  

Breads on Oak

8640 Oak St., 504-669-5173

222 Carondelet St., projected to open by January 2020

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