Third generation family-owned and operated Caribbean bakery Allan’s that has been serving Brooklyn for over 60 years, and their future involves plans to expand to the Lower East Side this fall!
The news was first reported by Eater, who states the LES location will be much smaller than their Brooklyn counterpart which spans three addresses on Nostrand Avenue. The new shop will take over only 400-square-feet worth of space on Allen Street.
Being the new location is much smaller than the original, they’ll be taking a “more depth than breadth” stance, as according to Christian Smith, the grandson of the bakery’s founders. Only the most popular items from their Brooklyn menu will be served, including Caribbean beef patties, coconut drops, codfish balls, bake and saltfish, and currant rolls.
Beyond staple items, Eater reports they may also potentially add ice cream cakes and black cakes (the traditional cakes that are soaked in rum eaten around Christmas) to their menu.
All of the menu’s baked goods will be made in their Brooklyn shop.
Allan and Gloria Smith first started Allan’s out of their station wagon in 1958 in Brooklyn, according to their website. The first storefront was opened in 1961 on Saratoga Avenue and they moved to their current location on Nostrand Avenue in 1967.
So, though the new location will be on the smaller side, they’ve definitely come a long way!
You can learn more on their website.