New French Bakery Founder to Open Chocolate Factory in Seward


The Seward neighborhood is about to get a hell of a lot sweeter.

Peter Kelsey, the founder of the retail and commercial bakery New French Bakery, has filed for a permit to convert the Movement Arts Space at 2209 E. Franklin Ave. into a chocolate factory with a retail storefront. Kelsey's proposal to exceed the 1,200-square-foot space allowance has already been approved by the Seward Neighborhood Group, and the Minneapolis City Council will make the final decision on September 29.

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Kelsey requested a trademark for K'ul Chocolate in January and purchased the Movement Arts Building in July.

The description on the trademark application suggests that K'ul Chocolate will produce "cocoa bars, cocoa based energy bars, [and] cocoa based ready to eat food bars" in the proposed 2,150-square-foot space. According to the report prepared for the City Planning Commission, the space will also feature a multimedia education component to teach the public about the process of growing, harvesting, and converting cacao into chocolate.

K'ul Chocolate will use raw cacao beans imported from Central and South America. The "roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching, tempering, molding, and packaging" of the cacao will be done on site, the report says.

The Seward neighborhood is fast becoming a food lover's haven. Franklin Avenue has already established itself with some of our favorite local businesses, like Seward Co-op, Chef Shack Ranch, and Verdant Tea, and K'ul Chocolate is sure to be the cacao-infused icing on the cake.

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