The owners of Artisan Boulanger at 12th and Morris are waiting on one last inspection before they finally start work on their new location two blocks away at 1218 Mifflin Street. After months of delays, Andrea Eap told us yesterday that she has been trying every day for more than a week to get a health inspector to do the preliminary check that will clear the way for construction.
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Eap, who has owned the joint with husband Andre Chin for 21 years, said there’s no way to schedule the inspection. “This morning I was so mad when I left the office,” Eap told us yesterday. “I said is there anyone who can call me or give me a date when we can start?”
No. She just has to keep trying and hope the inspector is in the office, she said.
This final hurdle is the latest in months of delays for the move, which was announced this summer after a rent increase forced them out. Eap said it took four to five months to get the construction permits, then their first contractor pulled out because of delays. It took another six weeks to get the name of the new contractor put onto the permits.
“I keep paying rent there, rent here. It’s making me so frustrated right now,” she said.
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They thought they’d open in the new location in August, which apparently made Philly mag think they had already moved. Their best of Philly issue came out in the end of July listing the bakery at the Mifflin Street address.
Once they finally do get moving, Artisan will offer more than just the breads and pastries that made them famous. They’ll expand their menu to include soups, sandwiches, more pastries and even sushi, Andre told Eater Philly. And after they move out of the old Morris Street corner, that will make way for a new casual Italian bistro by Chris Scarduzio, owner of frou-frou Table 31 in the Comcast Center.