DAVIDSON – The husband-wife duo behind Kindred and Hello, Sailor opened another business in Davidson, milkbread, Friday.
Joe and Katy Kindred’s newest concept is an all-day café focused on milk-bread doughnuts, crispy chicken, vegetable focused bowls, salads and toasts. The beverage menu includes coffee, espresso and non-alcoholic drinks served all day, with a rotating selection of small production independent wine and beer in the evening. The culinary team is led by Chef Joe Kindred, with the design, wine list, and front of house led by Katy.
Opening seven years after the Kindreds joined the Davidson business community, milkbread is at the corner of Jetton and Griffith streets in the Davidson Commons shopping center.
When the pandemic began in March 2020, the Kindred team rallied with their community to develop a menu that traveled well, and met people where they were at, in need of comfort, optimism and nostalgia. Milk-bread doughnuts, crispy chicken sandwiches and a rotation of rare, small-production independent wines, all were the biggest hits.
“We can’t wait to share milkbread with our hometown of Davidson,” said Katy Kindred. “This concept has been in the works for quite some time, when, like every other restaurant, we were forced to pivot when the pandemic hit to get through to the other side. We are eager to gather our community into our sunny new place that was conceptualized during a dark time in our world.”
Community remains a big focus at milkbread through partnerships with fellow local small businesses, including a private-label house roast by Davidson’s Summit Coffee; a co-branded exclusive espresso roast, draft cold brew and iced latte by HEX Coffee; and sourdoughs from their friends at Verdant Bread.
Menu highlights include:
· Crispy Chicken Biscuit
· milkbread doughnuts; original glazed, milk chocolate, seasonal
· Roasted Mushroom Toast tahini with Berbere spice
· Morning Bowl labneh (strained yogurt), blueberry, citrus, nut crunch, mint, and Ritter Farm honey
The design at milkbread is clean and minimalistic, including counter service for dine-in, outdoor seating and takeout. Delivery also is available. At 624 Jetton St. it’s open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
The Kindred team will be opening a second location of milkbread in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood late this summer in the former Dairy Queen space.