Frank Sebree developed a taste for high-quality baked goods while living in France — his junior year in college when he was in Paris and when he returned to earn his master’s in law in Aix-en-Provence.
“One of my favorite things was to go around and try the bakeries,” Sebree said. “I just thought they were little miniature works of art — festive and fun. Each town would do the same items, but they had different takes on the product.”
Back in Kansas City, his family often picked up “great things” from André’s Confiserie Suisse and Napoleon’s Bakery for their celebrations. They are still fans of André’s but thought there was room for another bakery to replace the closed Napoleon’s.
Sebree and his wife, Jolyn Sebree, who also own the Majestic Restaurant in downtown Kansas City, have now opened Baked in Kansas City, an artisan bakery and bistro, in the former home of Napoleon’s. They have remodeled the Westport space, painting the walls bright purple, putting in a new floor and expanding the dining area and outdoor patio.
Baked in Kansas City’s menu, fittingly, is filled with fresh-baked items:
• Breakfast: Quiches, sweet or savory pastries, coffee and fresh juices.
• Lunch: Appetizers such as roasted red bell pepper and walnut dip with a baguette, bacon powder popcorn and baked mini-empanadas. Also served are soups, French or flatbread pizzas, and salads such as the warm kale pancetta. Sandwiches include the Majestic steak burger (using Majestic’s house-ground beef tenderloin), bison sliders and duck panini.
• Dinner: Entrees include the butternut squash filet, beer-braised bison short ribs, crispy pork belly and double chop of lamb and lamb sausage. Customers also can order appetizers, soups and salads, French or flatbread pizzas, and build-your-own pizza.
• Saturday and Sunday brunch: Appetizers, soups and salads, Cow Town Benedict (house-roasted beef, poached eggs, Béarnaise sauce on an English muffin), baked sourdough pancake, stuffed French toast, prime rib, hash and grits, and Croque Mademoiselle (duck breast prosciutto, manchego cheese, over easy egg and Hollandaise sauce).
It also has a full bar serving craft beers, wine and cocktails.
Since it opened Tuesday at 706 Westport Road, items such as the chocolate croissants, the Baked in Kansas City candy bar and pain au chocolat have quickly sold out.
“We’ve had people who have shown up every day,” Frank Sebree said. “Some have come in for breakfast and back for lunch, so that’s a good sign.”
Baked in Kansas City hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Monday.