6/17/2013 03:38:00 PM

New Cafe Heartbaker Opens in Richmond District

Photo by Tamara Palmer
Heartbaker (1408 Clement St.) debuted on June 15 with free cupcakes and champagne for customers, and despite not being in the most foot-traffic-heavy part of Clement Street, it appeared as though owner Sybil Johnson didn't need those enticements to get people in the door. By the time we checked it out mid-afternoon, sugar rations (which include torched-to-order creme brulee, financiers and brownie bites) were low and we snapped up the last apple, brie and pecan baguette, offered alongside other creative sandwiches and salads. This is the first brick-and-mortar operation for Johnson, whose resume includes pastry stints at Kokkari Estiatorio and the defunct Aqua before starting her own cake business.

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