Baba-A-Louis bakery was founded in Chester, Vermont by John Louis McLure in 1977. In 1993 John wrote the “Baba-A-Louis Bakery Bread Book” containing all his original recipes. The business name was chosen to honor its founder John Louis McLure and his French heritage. Baba a Louis is French for Cake by Louis. “Baba” refers to a cake more commonly known as a “Baba au Rhum”, and “A Louis” means made by Louis which is John’s middle name. That explains the name of the original bakery.
In 1981 John Mclure established Baba-A-Louis Bakers in Rutland in partnership with Jerry Sojourner who had apprenticed for about a year with John at the original Baba-A-Louis Bakery in Chester, Vermont. Recently, after over 30 years operation, the Rutland location of Baba-A-Louis was closed. The recent closure of Baba-A-Louis Bakers in Rutland has left many confused about if Baba-A-Louis Bakery in Chester is still open. The answer is YES! Baba-A-Louis Bakery in Chester is open for business as usual. They are located on Route 11 west about half a mile from the Chester green, and offering both retail sales and wholesale accounts with delivery through Black River Produce.
Baba-A-Louis is open Wednesday through Sunday serving light lunch each day, pizza on Friday afternoon and brunch on Sunday. They are also open Monday for bargain day. Baba-A-Louis Bakery continues to offer a large selection of breads, pastries, pies, cookies and other special treats.
This is one incredible bakery!
There is a real treat nestled amongst the Green Mountains in Chester, Vermont. Next to an old barn, John McLure and Ruth Zezza have constructed a building that is very difficult to describe other than to say it is beautiful. You cannot help but expect a commercial structure when you hear the word bakery but you are in for a surprise. Somewhat hiddden from the main road, the bakery welcomes you with enchanting one-of-a-kind windows, lots of natural lighting, radiant heat from the italian tiles and the smell of bread baking. First class breads are being made here using only organic and natural ingredients. This is one incredible bakery!
An attempt is made here to entice you to stop in and visit.. Here is a collection of pictures depicting the bakery building and the work that goes on inside.
The lunch is a generous buffet with an assortment of quiches, sandwiches and a salad bar where you can make your own salads.
The bakery business is hard, you have to love it, we love it.