Grand Central Baking

In 1972, Grand Central founder, Gwenyth Bassetti, joined two friends in opening a soup-and-sandwich restaurant in the newly renovated Grand Central Building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Their concept was loosely defined but included making their own bread for the sandwiches. They called their little restaurant simply The Bakery. Gwen took on the baking for the restaurant on the basis of a single summer’s experience running a roadside stand with her children in the San Juan Islands, which advertised “Jam, Bread and Vegetables.”