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By Elena Kadvany

Asian Box chef opens gluten-free bakery

Uploaded: Jun 26, 2017

Grace Nguyen, the executive chef of fast-casual eatery Asian Box, has opened a new concept in Palo Alto: a gluten-free bakery where, according to CEO Frank Klein, customers can also access computers for free.

Gracie Jones' GF Bake Shop is located at 2706 Middlefield Road, the former home of Palo Alto Breakfast House

For now, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, customers can get Nguyen's gluten-free goods like chocolate-chip cookies, donuts and handpies. The bakery will also serve daily lunch specials from the Asian Box menu, even though it's is not an Asian Box location. (The Asian-fusion menu is posted behind the counter where customers order.)

An array of gluten-free baked goods on a recent afternoon at Gracie Jones' GF Bake Shop. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Customers can also use several Mac desktop computers set up for free use, as well as a printer,  said Klein. He described the space as a "community center" where people can have a baked good, a cup of coffee or lunch while using the computers. 

Computers are available for free use at the Middlefield Road bakery. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

"We think that it's a good hybrid use of the space," he said, sitting at his own desk recently in the open-layout space. Other Asian Box employees appeared to be working at desks at the time. 

After July 4, the Bake Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and starting in September, on weekends.

Down the line, Nguyen plans to make ice cream and start a subscription service for gluten-free baked products, Klein said. 

Asian Box began with one location at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto in 2011, serving dishes made from Nguyen's family recipes. The company has since grown to seven locations in both the Bay Area and Southern California, with more planned for this year. ?