A local biscuit maker is alighting in the Fan.
Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery is relocating from Lakeside to a larger space at 119 N. Robinson St., where it plans to open March 1.
Owner Tim Laxton, who launched Early Bird last year out of a 378-square-foot spot on Lakeside Avenue, said the move was brought about by a need for more room to accommodate the lines that regularly form out the door of his shop.
Laxton, 49, said on a good Saturday he sells more than 500 biscuits, which start at $2.50.
“We have been really challenged with the size of the building we’re currently in,” Laxton said. “I had no idea Richmond would grasp on to the biscuit the way that they have.”
The move to the Fan, first reported by Style Weekly, will give Early Bird four times the space with 1,200 square feet. The storefront was previously home to Y & H Mercantile.
The new Early Bird will have an expanded breakfast and lunch menu and will add espresso drinks, but the focus will still be on biscuits.
Laxton plans to hold baking classes and workshops at the North Robinson Street space, as well as live bluegrass in a nod to his Appalachian roots.
“We’re really going to bring comfort food to the Fan,” Laxton said. “It’s going to be a ’30s and ’40s vintage feel.”
Laxton would not say how much the move is costing. He hopes to finance it himself.
He said his last day in Lakeside will be sometime in February.