August 13 2022
Easy Tiger started out in a small space on Sixth Street. You know the one — the rocky, vine-covered historic building, with the patio overlooking Waller Creek.
Fast forward a decade, and the bakery + beer garden has three locations and sells its bread in H-E-B. It’s been a long journey, said the bakery’s head doughpuncher David Norman, but a worthwhile one.
Easy Tiger is celebrating 10 years of feeding the Austin community this year, so we spoke with Norman at his North Austin bakery to learn how the business has changed.
David Norman has been baking for more than 30 years. | Photo by ATXtoday
How are you feeling about celebrating 10 years?
It's pretty monumental. It's pretty amazing. It started out, you know, it's just an idea for a bakery, and then an idea for a beer garden was kind of also in the works.
When those two ideas all of a sudden came together, there were so many synergies, so many things that were similar. The beer and bread are the same process.
Easy Tiger loaves, headed into the oven. | Gif by ATXtoday
And even the name, Easy Tiger, comes with the tagline ‘Slow down and stay a while.’ That's an important part of it, that was from the beer garden concept. But it also describes the way we bake — it takes time to make what we make.
Are there any major developments in Easy Tiger’s history that you think have helped propel it to where it is right now?
The impact of the pandemic was huge. We actually are so grateful …. We had to pivot in many, many ways.
Easy Tiger’s Community Bread initiative has donated 100,000 loaves of bread to Central Texas food banks. | Photo by ATXtoday
But we came through it even stronger. You know, we opened new locations during the pandemic. [At first], 80% of our business was wholesale to other restaurants, and that business [fizzled] out...
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