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Small Town Feel at Big City Bread

By Jake Levin

Matthew Scott always wanted a career in a kitchen, something first inspired by his mother's profession.

In 2005, he fulfilled that dream when he and his wife bought Big City Bread Café in Athens, Ga., after a friend of his had floated the notion his way to follow in his mother's footsteps.

"I pursued it with a narrow vision of obtaining the establishment," Scott said. "We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful business."

Scott credits Big City Bread's original owners, Ella Silverman and Jim Payne, with laying the foundation and setting the tone for the great business it still is today. Originally founded in 1998, Scott said that Silverman and Payne established stable jobs and created quality products while building a strong economic presence in the community.

Renovations took place prior to Scott's purchase, completed by Carl and Carol Martin. The building, which at one point in time was a Salvation Army location, now contains an inside dining room with 60 seats and a handcrafted bar compliments of Brent Swanson of Normal Town Woodworks.

Big City Bread has an atmosphere designed to be communicative, comfortable and available, Scott said; the last thing he wants is an establishment that's like a can of packed in sardines.

"Open and breathable," Scott said.

There are many, many items which Scott is proud of on the menu and Big City Bread, first and foremost of which is the truffle chocolate cake. The pastry chef makes many seasonal cakes, pies, tarts and tortes throughout the year, Scott said. This includes cakes for special occasions such as weddings and baby showers over the course of a dozen years of operation.

There's more to the menu than just the baked goods, however, as Scott points out.

"There are so many items we are proud of such as hand-cut fries, lamb burger and the hummus plate," he said.

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