Some 25 years after our founder Gwen Bassetti introduced the Como loaf in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, we are still locally owned, led by a unique mixture of family and friends, and dedicated to the craft of artisan baking.
Our Mission: To serve our customers delicious, authentic food made from high-quality local and sustainable ingredients.
Our bread, pastries, sandwiches and soups start with the best ingredients we can find. Our people are passionate and skilled and their hard work is rewarded. Our customers share our belief that well-raised ingredients lead to delicious food – and a better food system. Our communities thrive with our involvement, and our profits fuel our mission while creating good jobs, a robust local economy and a sustainable regional food system.
History: Delicious, authentic food is in our DNA, going back to Gwen’s roadside farm stand on Lopez Island in the 1960s, where she sold fresh homemade bread, jam and vegetables with a gaggle of young children, a few of whom now lead the bakery. Bassetti later opened a sandwich shop in Seattle’s newly refurbished Grand Central Hotel Building, rechristened it Grand Central Bakery in 1989 and, with those first Como loaves, started an artisan bread revolution. Gwen’s son Ben Davis opened the first Grand Central in Portland in 1993. We celebrate our roots and our continued commitment to delicious food, the very best ingredients and providing value for our customers.
You’ll find Grand Central Bakery products at restaurants and select markets and our friendly neighborhood bakeries in Portland and Seattle.