Openings: new Aioli debuts in downtown West Palm Beach

Jan 25, 2018
Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post Staff
Hello, Olive Avenue: Aioli opened its downtown West Palm location this week. 

The freshly baked goodness of Aioli, the daylight café and bakery known for its sourdough breads, sumptuous sandwiches and sinful sweets on South Dixie Highway, has spread to downtown West Palm Beach. 

Owners Michael and Melanie Hackman opened their long-awaited Olive Avenue location this week. On Thursday, late-morning customers lined up for an assortment of sandwiches, salads and baked goods. 

At the cashier counter, customers in a hurry could choose from grab-and-go items – yogurt parfaits, overnight oatmeal and an assortment of fresh salads – arranged in a refrigerated display case. 

Grab and go: Behold the display case at Aioli Downtown. Photo: Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post Staff

Also at the counter: trays laden with cinnamon buns, chocolate brioche, bread pudding, pumpkin-blueberry muffins and thick slices of chocolate babka. Beckoning in the backdrop were chef Michael Hackman’s signature loaves of rustic bread. 

Looking good on the counter at the new Aioli: freshly baked chocolate babka, a yeast-risen bread of Eastern European roots. Photo: Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post Staff

Hackman bakes his breads and pastries in Aioli’s months-old scratch bakery, an expansion of the couple’s original shop, which opened on Dixie Highway in the late summer of 2014. 

Chef Michael Hackman's rustic, olive-studded sourdough bread is an Aioli favorite. Photo: Photo by LibbyVision.com

Melanie Hackman says that bakery will serve as the production kitchen for both locations. 

“Look at our kitchen here – it’s pretty small,” she said Thursday at the newly opened shop, signaling to a tight, open kitchen where several cooks were at work. 

Aioli co-owner Melanie Hackman (right) shares a smile with employee Alesandra Gutierrez on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the newly open Aioli Downtown. Photo: Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post Staff

The new café operates in a sunny, clean space that’s furnished with plenty of tables for noshing or sipping on a house-made lemongrass lemonade. 

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