Former Michelin star pastry chef and pastry consultant to The Bear, Sarah Mispagel-Lustbader and her husband Ben Lustbader have opened Loaf Lounge bakery cafe in Avondale, and now you can get a taste of the chocolate cake from The Bear.
Loaf Lounge at 2934 N. Milwaukee Avenue is a brick and mortar “bread-centric” “all day cafe and bakery” that started off as a pandemic pop-up where they sold their artisanal breads, delicious sandwiches, and pastries out of their friends already established restaurants including a six month stretch at Superkhana International in Logan Square where Lustbader had worked part time.
Mispagel-Lustbader, who has worked as a pastry chef in restaurants such as mk, Nightwood and Sepia was the pastry consultant on Hulu’s Chicago based breakout summer hit The Bear. As pastry consultant, Mispagel-Lustbader would create and oversee everything Marcus (Lionel Boyce) was learning and doing as he experimented with his desserts and ultimately presented his peers with the most decadent looking chocolate cake you have ever seen.
Actor Boyce wasn’t especially adept at frosting cakes, yet he took his role very seriously and spent some time in several bakeries to help him prepare, watched several youtube videos, plus the tutelage under Mispagel-Lustbader helped him look fairly effortless in his cake frosting abilities.
The Bear is about a classically trained, world renowned chef named Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) who takes over his deceased brother’s sandwich shop which was also a family business and all the excitement and drama that comes with it. The character Marcus, who seemed to be locked away from the main part of the kitchen and away from the majority of the stress and drama, was given the freedom to explore his passion for desserts and he reminisced about the best doughnut he ever had in his life when he was determined to replicate it through many failed attempts. All of his doughnuts, doughs, cakes, and other sweet treats were baked by Mispagel-Lustbader.
Loaf Lounge has only been open for a few days, but so far, the chocolate cake from The Bear is a hit on social media!
In addition to The Bear Chocolate cake, Loaf Lounge features an assortment of croissants, bear claws, seasonal danishes, cinnamon buns, an assortment of cookies, an assortment of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and a rotating menu of 8 fresh baked artisanal breads, along with an extensive coffee and tea menu.
Loaf Lounge is open Wednesday through Sunday 8am–4pm. 2934 N. Milwaukee Avenue.