A real estate developer has reached an agreement to purchase the Buckhead location of Henri’s Bakery and Cafe on Irby Avenue.
The sale is not expected to immediately impact the business, and the Atlanta institution’s Buckhead location will remain open for the foreseeable future. Owner Madeline Leonard along with her family members have made the decision to sell 61 Irby Avenue, and will continue to operate both it and the Sandy Springs bakery, 6289 Roswell Road.
The property is currently under contract and is in the due diligence period. The developer plans to incorporate Henri’s into a mixed-use project on the site. During the possible construction the Buckhead Henri’s would move to a temporary location nearby.
Leonard has been running Henri’s since her grandfather Henri Fiscus’ passing in 1974. She grew up in the Buckhead bakery with her sisters Suzette DiNardo, Mimi Veerkamp,Michelle Teihaber and brother Henri Ray Bell, all of whom constitute the current ownership.
“My grandfather was an unbelievable man and a wonderful chef and community business owner,” Leonard said. “We appreciate all of our customers. We love our staff and everyone who has enjoyed our cheese straws, cookies and sandwiches over the years. We are ensuring our grandfather’s legacy lives on in the same location.”
Henri’s is known internationally and has won many awards for its creations. Henri’s offers a wide range of scratch baked goods from bread and rolls to croissants, pastries, cookies, cakes, French pastries, pies, Danish, donuts as well as signature deli sandwiches.
The Buckhead store is the bakery’s fifth location. A French immigrant, Fiscus arrived in Atlanta in 1922 as the pastry chef for the Biltmore Hotel. In 1929 he opened the titular bakery on the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets. Over the years it moved to Rhodes Center, Peachtree Palisades, and to the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont Avenue before settling in its current location on Irby Avenue in 1969. The family opened a second location in Sandy Springs in 1984.
Future plans for the property are currently under development and will be released over the next several months.