Magnol French Baking is planning to open a new Houston Heights bakery at the former site of Andy's Home Cafe.

The details

Owner and chef Otto Sanchez anticipates a late 2024 opening for the second Magnol French Baking outpost, according to an April 9 news release.

The retail bakery—named after French botanist Pierre Magnol, who's name is the root of the Magnologia plant—is an organic, artisan bread and pastry company that opened its first shop on Post Oak Road in 2019.

Sanchez has tapped Nicolas Berrais to serve as executive pastry chef at the new bakery. He brings 30 years of French pastry technique, menu creation and leadership as the company expands, per the release.

What they're saying

Sanchez is only the third owner of the space located on 11th Street over the span of 88 years, according to the release.

Though Sanchez said in the release he plans to open during this year's the holiday season, extensive renovations along with the building's historic designation may delay the timeline, he said.

"Once the build-out and permitting phases are complete comes the fun part: operating two bakeries," Sanchez said in a statement. "It will be grueling, but I am excited about the challenge, and to do it in this city because Houston is home. For more than 30 years, it has treated me well, and this is me trying to reciprocate.”