Former Milktooth chefs plan bakery, restaurant and market at Speedway

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The Borage Restaurant, Bakery and Market, 5240 W. 16th St., will replace the former Sam’s Mini Market and Pam’s Pitstop Pizza at Speedway. (IBJ Photo / Dave Lindquist)

Josh Kline and Zoë Taylor, who previously worked as chefs at popular Fletcher Place restaurant Milktooth, plan to launch their own cafe, bakery and market in 2022.

Known as Borage, their new business is slated to open in the second quarter of 2022 at the northeast corner of West 16th Street and Lynhurst Drive at Speedway.

Borage, 5240 W. 16th St., will occupy land that once housed the former Pam’s Pitstop Pizza and Sam’s Mini Market businesses. The restaurant, bakery and market will share space in a 5,000 square foot L-shaped building.

Kline said it’s a great place to connect with customers.

“There are a ton of commuters going through this region,” he said. “We’re going to have a commuter special in the morning when people can come in and have a coffee and breakfast sandwich or a pastry for a fixed price. We will also have family meal options for those returning from work.

The café will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The market will be open until 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

Borage, which rhymes with “porridge”, is an herb native to the Mediterranean region. Kline said the plant produces large amounts of nectar to attract bees while also serving as a repellant against pests such as cabbage worms.

Kline said the company name is influenced by countries that have adopted borage because of its positive qualities.

“Neither Zoë nor I are from Speedway,” he said. “We want to be a welcome addition to the community. “

In November 2019, Kline and Taylor lost their leadership roles at Milktooth when owner Jonathan Brooks made staff changes.

Kline was hired in March 2020 as a chef at Turchetti’s Salumeria in Fountain Square.

“We had a week in which my whole new menu was rolled out,” Kline said. “Then ‘boom’ the pandemic struck.”

After helping Turchetti focus on takeout and take out orders, Kline left that role in July 2021 to plan for Borage.

Taylor operated a bake box business at the couple’s home after his stay in Milktooth.

“She made 120 to 140 pastries from our home kitchen every weekend,” Kline said.

He said future borage customers can expect sourdough bread that Taylor perfects.

“We eat it every day at home,” Kline said. ” It’s spicy ; it’s soft. It’s perfect for toast or a sandwich.

The Bourrache café can accommodate 50 to 60 people inside and 20 to 30 additional people on an outdoor terrace.

The development company KennMar owns the site where the Borage will open. KennMar has already purchased and renovated an old Chase Bank at the southeast corner of the intersection.

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