From left Jeff Brunello and Kristina Brunello creators of Fire Oak amp Barley with their father Dan Brunello CEO of Le Boulanger Inc

From left: Jeff Brunello and Kristina Brunello, creators of Fire Oak & Barley with their father Dan Brunello, CEO of Le Boulanger Inc.

Family-operated Le Boulanger plans fast-casual concept

Bakery-café chain is not related to Starbucks-owned brand

Dan Brunello would like to make it very clear that his family’s 17-unit Le Boulanger bakery-café chain in the San Francisco Bay Area is not closing.

Starbucks Corp. said last week that it would close all 23 units of its La Boulange bakery-café brand by the end of September. The names are similar — “la boulange” means “bread baking” in French, while “le boulanger” means “the baker” — but the brands are very diffe

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