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Brooklyn Kolache Co. Expanding With Breakfast Delivery Club

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A cafe in Bedford-Stuyvesant that sells Texas-style Czech pastries is expanding ahead of its one-year anniversary with a new "breakfast club," where members can pick up a snack for their morning commute outside of the Classon Avenue G subway station.

Brooklyn Kolache Co.'s new club would allow customers to set their order for delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, where baristas will be waiting outside of the station between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. with your pre-paid breakfast.

"The main thing is to skip the line and not detour your commute," said cafe owner Autumn Stanford.

Members of the club will write their orders on a "timecard" and place it in a slot in the store, said Stanford, who also lives in the neighborhood. Then all they have to do is show up at the station, pick it up and be on their way.

Brooklyn Kolache Co., started last April by the 33-year-old Austin native at 520 Dekalb Ave., serves up breakfast pastries called kolaches that are filled with sweet and savory fillings like cheese, meat or fruit.

The Czech treat has gained popularity all over Texas, and Stanford said other Texans often stumble in, overwhelmed by the sight.

"We get Texans from all over," Stanford said. "I love when people who are from Texas just stumble upon us and sort of do a double-take."

But the treat has also gained appreciation from those unfamiliar with it. Since opening a year ago, Stanford, who has lived in New York for nine years, said the shop has gained a steady flow of new patrons.

Stanford herself was new to the kolache game. She came up with the idea to open a cafe in 2011, but wanted her own unique spin. And when her New Jersey in-laws came back from a Houston trip raving about the treat, she found it. After raising the money she needed through Kickstarter, the shop opened on April 1.

Besides kolaches, the shop sells cinnamon rolls, breakfast tacos, coffee and tea, including homemade chai tea, all of which are available as part of the breakfast club, Stanford said.

The cafe also feature film nights with concessions that include popcorn and a special hot dog kolache.

Now, after a year of business, Stanford is ready to grow, both with the breakfast club and with a spot on this year's Choice Eats event at the 69th Regiment Armory in Gramercy.

She's also glad to contribute something new to a borough that has it all, she said.

"Always, people come back and are like, 'you gave me this thing, and I don't really know what it was,'" Stanford said. "Brooklyn has everything, but we don't have kolaches? That's crazy!"