Update: 2/6/23

Great Harvest Bread Company is finally ready to open their new bakery cafe! The second Cedar Rapids location for the business is at 3998 Westdale Pkwy SW, right next to the Tru Hilton Hotel.

The grand opening for Great Harvest Cafe will be Tuesday, February 7th, with an official ribbon cutting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. After that, they to be open for regular business hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The press release reads:

"Right from the start the Café will have delicious espresso drinks, fresh made Cinnamon Rolls, and a variety of delicious daily sweets, as well as the trademark Great Harvest bread you all know and love.

The Café menu breakfast and lunch options will include breakfast sandwiches on made from scratch English muffins, hot sandwiches, salads, and all the usual sandwiches you’re used to at the NE location."

Original Story: 12/6/22

The west side of Cedar Rapids will soon have another delicious bakery to visit! Great Harvest Bread Company is preparing to open their second location, a "bakery cafe," at 3998 Westdale Parkway SW in the very near future. The latest update from the bakery reads:

"The Cafe at Westdale is getting closer and closer. Dion has it mostly set up. Next we get ingredients delivered and get our people in over there for a couple of days of shake down. We will be open just as soon as we can! Can. Not. Wait.!!!"

We first found out about Great Harvest's new location back in June of this year. At the time, they estimated that the cafe would open sometime in September. The bakery's June newsletter revealed that the Lindale Mall location will remain open and will continue to be the place where all the bread is made. The article says:

"Our plan is to bake all the bread here at 5070 Lindale Dr. NE, where our bakers have the experience, and bake sweets, including some new things, over at the new Cafe on Westdale Parkway. We'll be expanding the menu there to include breakfast sandwiches and some hot sandwiches, as well as the cold ones we make at the main bakery."

Great Harvest is well known for their delicious variety of breads. There are some that they serve everyday, like their Honey Whole Wheat, Harvest White, Cinnamon Chip, Dakota, and Cedar River Sourdough, but some kinds are only on the menu once or twice a week. A few of the other popular breads include Stuffing Bread, Cheddar Garlic, French Bread & Baguettes, Spinach Feta, and Rosemary Garlic. If you think those sound good, wait until you hear about the sweets!

Just like the bread, Great Harvest has a rotating menu of sweets, although they do serve Bread Pudding every day. You can choose from different flavors of scones, like Raspberry Rhubarb Cream Cheese or Raspberry White Chocolate, or Savannah Bars, Ginger Cookies, Double Fudge Brownies with Walnuts, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Mudbars. And don't forget Cinnamon Roll Saturdays! You can check out the full weekly menu at Great Harvest HERE.

We don't have an official opening date for the new Great Harvest location yet, but the hope is to open next Thursday, December 15th if everything goes as planned! You can follow their Facebook page HERE for the latest updates.

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