Team behind The Essential opens Bandit Pâtisserie in Homewood

We tried the croissants this morning. So. Good. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now 

Kristen Farmer Hall and Victor King, the duo behind award-winning Birmingham restaurant The Essential, opened Bandit Pâtisserie in Homewood this morning. Of course we had to stop by and sample the goods. Learn more about it below!

The story

King and Hall teamed up to open The Essential last year, and it’s quickly become a favorite. King is from Nashville originally, and prior to opening The Essential he worked under Frank Stitt at Highlands Bar and Grill. 

Hall, a renowned pastry chef, has built a large Instagram following over the last few years. (For mouth-watering photos of baked goods, check out @bakingbandits.) Bandit’s first pop-up was six years ago, and the storefront in Homewood is the bakery’s first brick-and-mortar location.

Victor King and Kristen Farmer Hall. Photo via Stacy Allen 

The food

Get in my belly. Photo via Kristen Farmer Hall

Bandit Pâtisserie’s offerings include croissants, pastries, a full breakfast and lunch menu, espresso bar, beer and wine, and cocktail pop-ups.

Sample menu. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now 

The location and hours

Bandit Pâtisserie. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The pâtisserie and café is open in the heart of Homewood at 2821 Central Ave, Suite 105, Homewood, Alabama 35209 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Follow along at @banditbham.

“Bandit is a dream, many years in the making. It’s a testament to the power of patience, hustle and waiting for the right opportunity. This space is such an amazing fit—both for our team and for our guests. I think we succeeded in creating a bakery unlike any other in Birmingham.”

Kristen Farmer Hall