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Okayama Kobo Bakery and Café are planning to introduce an offshoot of their Orange County bakeshop in San Diego. The new sister concept called Salt & Butter is on its way to Carroll Road in Miramar.
Established in 1986 in Japan, Okayama Kobo Bakery opened their first US location at the Center Street Promenade in Anaheim in 2018. They have since expanded to another Downtown Los Angeles cafe.
Known for Japanese-style breads and pastries that are almost too cute to eat, Okayama Kobo bakes from scratch with flour imported from Hokkaido, Japan. Their goods are best consumed fresh since they contain no additives or preservatives.
Menu highlights include their original Salt & Butter roll, the squishy bear-shaped Kobokuma roll filled with vanilla bean custard cream, and French Toast made from Japanese milk bread.
Co-Owner Takahide Tome Kukidome tells What Now San Diego, “We had so many people visiting the Anaheim location from San Diego. Now we’ll be able to serve fresh-baked bread to our neighbors there.”
The Okayama Kobo team is currently bringing on staff to head up local baking operations in San Diego, training them via their flagship Anaheim store. To start, Salt & Butter will be offering online pre-orders of their famed fluffy bread using imported Hokkaido flour. They will eventually introduce their cafe to serve in-house.
Kukidome says we can expect Salt & Butter to be up and running by Summer 2022. Social media for the new brand has not been established yet but you can get to know Okayama Kobo Bakery by following their Facebook page.