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Panera Bread Company Reports $1 Billion In Digital Sales

Panera Bread Company Reports $1 Billion In Digital Sales

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Digital innovations seems to be paying off for Panera Bread Company.
The St. Louis-based company announced that digital sales have surpassed $1 billion on an annualized basis and could double in 2019.   As of the end of Q1 2017, system-wide digital sales, which include orders made via mobile, web, or kiosk, were 26 percent of total company sales.

“By building digital into the core aspects of our business, we’ve transformed the customer journey at Panera,” said Ron Shaich, Panera’s Founder, Chairman and CEO.

“For us, it’s not just about new technology for technology’s sake—it’s about making the guest experience better.” Shaich added.
Blaine Hurst, Panera’s president, shares in this belief that technology is benefiting the company and the restaurant experience for customers.

“When you couple digital innovation with operational integrity, the result is a significant level of digital adoption at the guest level.  Our holistic approach to technology pushes us to find new ways to make a difference in the lives of guests – which translates to the kinds of sales we’re seeing today.” Hurst explained.

Panera’s digital ordering integrates with MyPanera®, the restaurant industry’s largest loyalty program with more than 25 million members.   Panera reports that this translates into approximately 1.2 million digital orders per week.  Through MyPanera, customers are able to save their favorites, earn and track rewards, and receive personalized special offers.
On April 25, Panera reported its first-quarter earnings of $1.83 a share on revenue of $728 million.

“Indeed, the power of our plan is evident in our business results.  In Q1, our Company-owned bakery-cafe comps were up 5.3%.  What’s more, we continued to take market share in Q1, as our comps outperformed the Black Box all-industry composite by 690 basis points.  With peak investments and significant scale behind us, our year-over-year growth in GAAP EPS 2 was up 30% and non-GAAP EPS was up 17% in Q1, our best quarter in four years, which is further evidence that we have reached an inflection point in our transformation.” Shaich.

This comes after Panera and JAB announced its definitive merger agreement in early April.

Dunkin’ Donuts announces plans for nine new restaurants in St. Louis

Dunkin’ Donuts announces plans for nine new restaurants in St. Louis

Leading Coffee and Bakery Brand Seeks Franchisee Candidates throughout Greater St. Louis, Missouri, and Iowa – Dunkin’ Donuts

CANTON, MA/June 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Dunkin’ Donuts (DD), America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with franchisee Sandwich Group, Inc., to develop nine Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in St. Louis, Missouri, including one multi-brand location with Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops.  The group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2018.

Sandwich Group, Inc., consists of existing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Yonas Hagos and Haresh Patel, and new franchisees Faisal Raja and Kieron James.  Both Hagos and Patel are experienced multi-unit operators; Hagos, a Purple Heart combat veteran, currently owns five Dunkin’ Donuts locations and two Baskin-Robbins stores, while Patel operates more than 60 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, as well as other quick service restaurants.  Raja also comes from an extensive franchising and small business background as a multi-unit operator in the fitness and insurance industries.  James has a background in business and will serve as an operating owner.

“We couldn’t be more excited to develop Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, two iconic brands, in St. Louis.  The team we’ve formed has a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful in multi-unit restaurant development and we’re looking forward to our first of many openings next year,” said Hagos, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee.  “As we expand throughout St. Louis over the next five years, we hope to attract new customers, as well as longtime fans of the brands, and show them the premium products and quality service we have to offer.”

There are currently 17 Dunkin’ Donuts located in the Greater St. Louis area, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the surrounding areas, as well as in Kansas City, Joplin, and Kirksville, Missouri, and in Des Moines, Iowa.  To help fuel additional growth in the market, special development incentives are available.

“Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Baskin-Robbins’ growth would not be possible without the continued support of our existing franchisees and the introduction of new franchisees to the system, which continues to demonstrate their high confidence in our brands and world-class support team,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands.  “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, products, and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth over the years, which has solidified our position as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, and universities, as well as other retail environments.  Additionally, multi-brand restaurants that combine Dunkin’ Donuts with Baskin-Robbins under one roof offer even more opportunity to drive traffic during various day parts — from early morning breakfast and coffee all the way to after-dinner ice cream treats.

DDs menu offerings include high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, Cold Brew and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast, along with a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso lineup that includes Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, and Hot and Iced Lattes and Macchiato.  Dunkin’ Donuts also serves a full menu of Premium Hot Teas, Coolatta® frozen beverages, delicious donuts, bakery goods and sandwiches that pair perfectly with the brand’s beverages.  Baskin-Robbins offers guests a delicious range of creative ice cream flavors, custom ice cream cakes, ice cream sundaes, frozen beverages and take-home frozen treats.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or www.BaskinRobbins.com.


Julia Block
Fish Consulting
Phone: (954) 893-9150
[email protected]

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry

McArthur’s Bakery – McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry Chef Michelle Walsh

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 05, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) McArthur’s Bakery Cafe is proud to welcome their most recent hire, Michelle Walsh, to their team.  She is now working as their new pastry chef at each of their locations.

Walsh, who holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts, has previous experience working as a manager and pastry artist at Piccione Pastry and as a baker, candy maker, and chef at various bakeries and businesses throughout St. Louis.

While Walsh enjoys many facets of working at McArthur’s, she particularly appreciates the direction in which the bakery is headed.

As a fan of sweet treats, Walsh enjoys making pastries and tweaking the recipes, finding new, exciting combinations that patrons will enjoy.

As for her specialties, Walsh excels in creams and caramels.

“They are so versatile and can be used in a lot of pastries,” Walsh said.

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe has been serving the St. Louis area since 1956.  Only the finest ingredients are used in their made-from-scratch recipes.  They offer one-of-a-kind artisan cakes for any occasion, Danish pastries, cookies, cupcakes, pies, fresh breads, and unique lunch items.

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe has five locations across the St. Louis metro area including, South St. Louis, Kirkwood, Delmar Loop, and two Chesterfield locations.

The Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

The Top 10 Donut Shops in St. Louis

Donuts or Doughnuts—These are the Best – Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Whether it’s plain cake or chocolate-iced with sprinkles, a great doughnut is delicious—really, really delicious. Americans love doughnuts.  We eat more than 10 billion of these irresistible, fried confections in all their myriad of styles.  From crullers to creme filled, it seems there’s a doughnut flavor for every palate.  They are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or milk, and a fresh mixed-dozen is a welcome sight in the office break room.  Whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut,” there’s no denying the appeal of these sweet treats.

St. Louis has lots of great places to buy doughnuts.  We wanted to know where to go to get the very best doughnuts in town.  So, we checked the customer reviews and found some of the highest scores we’ve seen in any top 10 list.  Maybe that’s indicative of St. Louis’ love of doughnuts in general.  Maybe it’s a sign that we have some of the best doughnut makers in the country right here.

That’s certainly true of St. Louis’ favorite doughnut shop.  According to customer reviews, the very best doughnuts can be found at The Donut Stop in Lemay.  Local doughnut fans and national food critics agree that this little shop makes some of the best doughnuts anywhere.  The Donut Stop was named one of America’s Best Donut shops by Food & Wine, and their legendary Cinnamon Glob was recognized as one of the 25 best doughnuts in the U.S. by The Daily Meal.  This is an old-fashioned doughnut shop at it’s best—glass cases filled with a seemingly endless variety of doughnuts, plus creme horns, fritters, and fried pies.  The yumminess is overwhelming, but then they’ve been making doughnuts in this shop since 1953.

There are lots of great doughnuts and great doughnut shops on our list of St. Louis’ Top 10.  So not only is there a doughnut for every appetite, it seems there’s a great place to get one in every neighborhood.  Here are the top 10 doughnut shops in St. Louis:

1. The Donut Stop (4.81 stars/85 reviews) Lemay, 1101 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125, (314) 631-3333.
2. Tony’s Donuts (4.68 stars/59 reviews) Maryland Heights, 12218 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 739-1388.
3. Old Town Donut Shop (4.67 stars/218 reviews) Florissant, 510 North New Florissant Road, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 831-0907.
4. Pharoah’s Donuts (4.66 stars/145 reviews) Downtown, 200 North 7th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 351-0285.
5. Donut Drive-In (4.54 stars/224 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6525 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 645-7714.
6. Sweet Spot Cafe (4.53 stars/64 reviews) St. Ann, 3586 Adie Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 770-9977.
7. John’s Donut (4.50 stars/109 reviews) Kosciusko, 1618 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 241-3360.
8. Mario’s Donuts & Cafe (4.40 stars/129 reviews) St. Charles, 2786 Muegge Road, Saint Charles, MO 63303, (636) 447-4515.
9. World’s Fair Donuts (4.34 stars/245 reviews) Southwest Garden District, 1904 South Vandeventer Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 776-9975.
10. Vincent Van Doughnut (4.20 stars/132 reviews) Clayton, 40 North Central Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 899-9500.

The following doughnut shops had terrific scores, but not quite enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10. Still, they are worth your attention when you want a great doughnut. Honorable Mentions go to:

St. Louis Hills Donut Shop (4.73 stars/48 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 6917 Hampton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-6050.
Drew’s Donut Stop (4.72 stars/29 reviews) Arnold, 1600 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010, (636) 548-8607.
Donuts and More (4.67 stars/27 reviews) St. Charles County, 810 O’Fallon Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304, (636) 329-9535.

An Old World Experience – Missouri Baking Company

Missouri Baking Company, St. Louis, MO

Sweeten Your Holidays at the Missouri Baking Company

St. Louis, MO/December 17, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) The Missouri Baking Company is not just a bakery; it is literally an institution on the “Hill.”  Back in September it took the #1 spot on our Top 10 Best Bakery list.  There aren’t many establishments that can say they’ve been in business almost 100 years and have been passed down from generation to generation.

The shop was founded by the three Gambaro brother’s in 1923.  Their sons and daughters grew up working in the bakery a long side the family and eventually took over the business.  Ninety-three years later, this family legacy is still impressing customers from near and far.

Missouri Baking Company has a way of taking each and every visitor back to their childhood days.  The original freezer and the old-fashioned cabinets, and the rows of tables with heavenly baked items, bring you back to the olden days…a time when all things seemed so much more innocent and life was so much simpler.

And with Christmas right around the corner and dreams of sugar plums dancing in our heads…it’s the perfect place to make a visit to for some traditional Italian Christmas cookies and other delectable treats.  The magnificent aroma of freshly baked goods reaches your senses the minute you step through the front door.

You’ll find counter after counter of the most superb looking sweet treats and warm loaves of bread.  It’s a gold mine for someone looking to buy something delicious for a holiday party or perhaps to give as a gift.  Keep in mind when you visit that you won’t find anything artificial tasting here.  Everything is made from scratch.

There are way too many goodies to name them all but to me a few stands out above the rest.  Of course, there’s the 2015 award winning Gooey Butter Cake that melts in your mouth.  The Ricotta or Italian Cream Cannoli’s are heavenly, the Tiramisu to die for, and the fabulous Italian butter cookies are gloriously rich and sinfully good.  One sweet is simply better than the next, which means you can’t go wrong on anything you purchase.

There are also four kinds of biscotti, and additional cookies such as Chocolate Drops, delicate Shortbreads, Nut-Based Crunchy Squares, and Amaretto Macaroons.  A few of the items might sound foreign to some but if you haven’t tried them, then you should.  One is the Cuccidati made with figs, raisins, pine nuts, chocolate chips and orange zest.

Another is the Panetone bread, pronounced with the correct Italian emphasis, Pan-e-tone-a. I only know about it because I’m Italian and grew up having it at my Nona’s home every Christmas.  It’s a sweet yeast bread of Milanese origin, considered a Christmas classic for Italians everywhere.  What could be more festive than a tall, puffy, round bread studded with raisins and candied citron?  Especially our version… soaked in rum.

For an Old World experience and some of the best confectioneries that will ever cross your lips, make time for a holiday visit to Missouri Baking Company.

Missouri Baking Company (on The Hill)

2027 Edwards

St. St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 773-6566

Hours: Sun 7:30am-12pm

Tue-Fri 7am-5:30pm

Sat 7am-5pm


Picture courtesy of Carrie Nenonen


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Lizzie Bob's

Offering Sweets from Scratch to Go!

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Sweet-toothed residents in the metro-east now have a new, daily source of scratch-made goodies!  After a year of baking custom cakes and sweets, Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has opened a storefront bakery at 823 Lincoln Highway, #102 in Fairview Heights.  Lizzie Bob’s owner Elizabeth Toepfer’s has been baking and designing cakes for more than 15 years.  For the last year her company Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has been supplying custom cakes and treats on a special order basis.  So when she opened the new bakery, she had one goal in mind: make it easier for customers to get her sweets from scratch every day.  And customers who already know and love her delectable treats are celebrating.  Soon others will discover the carefully crafted, scrumptiousness of Lizzie Bob’s baked goods.

The new bakery officially opened Tuesday, November 15th with customers coming in before the sun was fully up.  If you missed the grand opening, you can still check out the new bakery any Tuesday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You’ll find a daily selection of scratch-made baked goods including cupcakes, pies, brownies, scones, cheesecake, cookies, cannoli, pizzelle (those delicate Italian waffle cookies), gooey butter cake, rice Krispy treats.  Plus there’s homemade bread, rolls, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and even dog treats!  This month’s special is Lizzie Bob’s fresh baked, personal-sized Streusel Apple Pie!  As in her special order business, everything at the new bakery is made fresh and from scratch.

When Toepfer says she makes her goodies from scratch, she means everything—right down to the cake flour, which she makes herself!  She also makes her own modeling chocolates and all of her butter cream frostings (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, orange, and raspberry!)  As if that wasn’t enough, she makes all her own whipped cream frostings in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  Toepfer says her husband and kids act as taste testers and quality control inspectors as she experiments with new creations.

A self-proclaimed “science nerd,” Toepfer enjoys developing new ingredients and new recipes for her bakery.  Right now she says she’s working on creating her own vanilla extract and flavor emulsions.  And in response to customer requests, she’s developing a line of diabetic sweets.  In creating her sweet treats, Toepfer is guided by her own desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s led her to use only fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs in her cooking and baking.

Besides the daily selection in the new shop, Lizzie Bob’s continues to offer dessert table catering for special events including weddings, showers, birthday parties, office parties, anniversaries, grand openings, etc.  They’ll create custom themed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  Orders can be placed online, by phone at (618) 334-4917, or in person at the shop.  You can even arrange to have them deliver and set up!

Oh, and Lizzie Bob’s also does pie—really, really good pie.  But get your Thanksgiving order in while there’s still time!  If you want something wonderful right away, now you don’t have to wait!  Now you can pop into Lizzie Bob’s Bakery and get a scratch-made sweet fix today!

Contact Information:

Lizzie Bob’s Bakery
Owner: Elizabeth Toepfer
823 Lincoln Hwy #102
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 589-3770
[email protected]


Pint Size Bakery & Coffee Honored by STL Mayor

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Every fall, as the weather turns chilly, I find my own thoughts tend to drift to one idea…warm cookies.  Or if I’m anywhere near Lindenwood Park in South St. Louis, I dream of a warm brookie (a brownie with a chocolate chip cookie baked into the top).  There’s no place better to get that sweet combination of fudgy, buttery love than at Pint Size Bakery & Coffee, 3133 Watson Road, where they’re made every day, all day long.  You can smell the baking as you walk in the neighborhood.  The lines are sometimes all the way out the door—a situation much improved since they moved to their new, bigger location at Watson and Arsenal six-months ago!

Now, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Development Corporation are recognizing the goodness of this fresh bakery by naming Pint Size Bakery and Coffee as the 2016 Neighborhood Business of the Year for the city’s 23rd Ward.  The honor was bestowed at the Mayor’s 2016 Business Celebration Luncheon last week.  This honor won’t be a surprise to Lindenwood Park residents.  They’ve grown accustomed to the neighborhood pride and sense of civic responsibility of bakery owners Christy Augustin and Nancy Boehm.  They’re frequently involved in activities that promote Lindenwood Park and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

Bakery founder Christy Augustin says she and husband Matt always envisioned a shop dedicated to serving the neighborhood.  One look at the original shop (3825 Watson Road) and it’s easy to see why this well-loved bakery had to move to a bigger shop!

Pint Size Bakery is well known for their dedication to baking the old fashioned way, using milk and cream from local, pasture-raised cows; eggs from small family farms; real butter; cane sugar and unbleached flour.  This is the quintessential small batch bakery.  Their motto is also their business model: small batch, from scratch, fresh daily.  That means every morning they bake fresh muffins, cookies, scones, etc.  If they sell a lot of cookies, they bake more.  By keeping the batches small, and baking throughout the day, they’re able to ensure that customers get the freshest baked goods available in St. Louis.  It also ups your chances of scoring warm cookies or scones any time they’re open—which isn’t every day.  Pint Size Bakery & Coffee is closed on Sundays and Mondays. They’re open Tuesday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Customer reviews just rave about this bakery, consistently giving them 4.5 stars since they first opened in 2012.  And their customers can’t get enough of the bakery’s salted caramel croissants (a Saturday-only special) and homemade oatmeal cream pies—like the Little Debbie snack cakes, only so much better.  They’re also well loved for some specialty items unique to Pint Size Bakery, like their savory scones and muffins.  Imagine the buttery, delicate texture of a fresh scone laced with the flavors of bacon, Asiago cheese and just enough kale that you can tell yourself it’s healthy!  Or maybe you’d prefer a sweet and savory fusion, like the sweet potato & caramelized onion.  Have a muffin, if you prefer, like the BLT (that’s local bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese & fresh herbs).  Oh sure, you can get sweets too!  They have scrumptious tea cookies, cup cakes, Lil’ bundts (like the spice cake filled with pumpkin butter and iced with cream cheese glaze), tiny tarts, cakes, and pies too.  They’re now taking orders for Thanksgiving pies!

Pint Size Bakery and Coffee serve Kaldi’s brewed coffee and espresso drinks.  That’s more of that dedication to locally and sustainably sourced products.  Their milk and cream comes from Rolling Leaf Farms in Edwardsville.  And all of their syrups are made in house, meaning their vanilla bean latte may just be the freshest anywhere.

As amazingly fresh and tasty as the food is, the real standout at Pint Size Bakery is the friendly service.  Their warm hospitality is well known by customers, and well loved.  One customer review even suggested that the Pint Size Bakery staff should offer a course in friendly service!  Kind of makes you feel warm all over…like a warm brookie and a honey spiced cup of Kaldi’s coffee with cream.

Contact Information:

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
Owners: Christy Augustin & Nancy Boehm
3133 Watson Road (at Arsenal Street)
Lindenwood Park Neighborhood
Saint Louis, MO 63139
(314) 645-7142


Old Town Donuts

Making Fresh Donuts for Nearly 50 Years – Old Town Donuts

FLORISSANT, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) — Fall is in full swing in the St. Louis area. Baseball season is over.  The leaves are turning.  The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air!  And nowhere is that more true than at Old Town Donuts!  Both the original Florissant shop (508 South New Florissant Rd.) and the Cottleville store (3941 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.) are serving up a seasonal favorite: pumpkin spice cake donuts.  And their regular customers will tell you, no matter when you go to Old Town, the donuts are always fresh.

Old Town Donuts has been a fixture in Old Town Florissant since it was founded in 1968.  After nearly 50 years, this family business is still going strong.  That let them open a second shop in 2014, in Cottleville.  Despite competition from national chains, they’re still the number one donut shop in Florissant.  In fact, the shop is frequently listed among top tens around St. Louis.

In September 2016, theCultureTrip.com listed Old Town Donuts as one of the top ten restaurants in Florissant.  That’s the same month they made the STLResaurant.News list of Top 10 Bakeries in St. Louis.  (They were number two!)  That list was based on reviews of 63 bakeries and pastry shops around the metro area.  In 116 reviews, Old Town Donuts had a 5 Star rating.

A look at the way they make their donuts, and it’s not hard to see why.  Their donuts are all made by hand.  At the original Florissant location, they’re making donuts 24-hours a day, seven days a week, so the donuts are always fresh.  All of the fillings, toppings and flavorings are made right there in the shop too.  With adventurous combinations, like caramel-bacon long johns, and tried-and-true favorites, like hand rolled cinnamon rolls or gigantic apple fritters, they’ve got a fresh choice for everyone, even your dog!  That’s right.  Bring your four-legged friend up to the shop, and they’ll give it a free donut hole!

The Cottleville shop is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The Florissant shop is open 24-hours a day, and they’re making fresh donuts right this minute.  Both shops offer quantity discounts for churches, schools, offices, etc.  Besides donuts, they also make muffins, cookies, pastries and bagels.

Contact information:

Old Town Donuts

Original Florissant Location:
508 New Florissant Rd.
Florissant, MO 63031
Phone: (314) 831-0907
Open 24 Hours

Cottleville Location:
3941 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville, MO 63376
next to St. Charles Community College
Phone: (636) 447-0907
Open Daily 5am-9pm


Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Kirkwood Scores the Nathaniel Reid Bakery

KIRKWOOD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) It may have taken ten years to get to the point of opening his very own bakery that bears his name, but for Nathaniel Reid, it’s been a lifelong- dream come true, no matter how long it took to get here.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood made its debut on August 1st.

The 36 year old Reid, a Farmington native returned to St. Louis in 2013.  By then he was already a star.  After graduating from the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, he went on to win the U.S. Pastry Competition and was named Pastry Chef of the Year in New York City in 2010.  Then in 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.  And he’s never looked back since.

Reid specializes in contemporary bakery creations with a European finesse.  He wears many different hats, operating as a pastry chef, consultant, and educator.  He most recently served as pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  Before that he held positions at prestigious places like the St. Regis Hotel, a Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond resort in California, and with Michelin Three-Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion Hotel (MGM Grand) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.

But his success never distracted him from his dream to open his own bakery.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery is co-owned with his pastry chef wife, Lee Lee. It’s not a huge shop but quaint and comfy and plenty big enough to sit and delight in any one of Reid’s decadent creations.  It’s like being in a jewelry store looking at the most unique and beautiful gems.

There’s sinful chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry filling, and a mousse filled with raspberry tea and garnished with white chocolate & raspberry glaze, a cinnamon bun made of brioche dough with butter, brown sugar, and pecans—then topped with even more butter, brown sugar, and pecans, a signature, a twice-baked chocolate croissant cut in half, stuffed with homemade almond paste and chocolate topped with almonds and baked again.

So whether you’re in for one of Nathaniel’s signature breakfast pastries, tarts or a fresh croissant with your morning coffee, a salad and sandwich for lunch, perhaps a homemade chocolate bar for a snack, or that to-die-for layered yogurt cake with apricot-passion fruit filling topped with white chocolate for a party, there’s simply no way to go wrong.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact information:

Nathaniel Reid Bakery

11243 Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO 63122

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone: 314-858-1019

Email:[email protected]


California Do-Nuts Co

California Do-Nuts Co. Owner Says She Can’t Reopen

ST, LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) California Do-Nuts Co. – A long empty hole in the south St. Louis donut scene will remain unfilled.  The anticipated reopening of the California Do-Nut Company at 2924 South Jefferson Avenue has been cancelled.  Aspiring restaurateur Felinna Love had bought the long-shuttered Benton Park neighborhood donut shop in 2015 with plans to renovate the building and reopen it this year.  But Love has announced on the company’s Facebook page that “unforeseen circumstances” are forcing her to abandon her plans to reopen the shop.

According to Love, some of the issues are related to the renovations of the building that has housed the shop since it first opened in 1948.  Other issues, like the death of her father, have taken Love away from the St. Louis area.  She said it was “heart-aching to admit” that she wouldn’t be reopening the store.

Love had tried to raise cash for renovations and equipment using crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but refunded the donations after raising less than $5,000 of her $45,000 and $15,000 targets.

It’s unclear what will happen to the boarded up brick storefront now.  Years of neglect have left it in need of major repairs. Love is already auctioning off the commercial kitchen gear she’d purchased for the store, even putting a link to the auction site on Facebook.

Despite the disappointment, Love says she’s grateful for all the support she’s received from the neighborhood and the city, and she’s “confident that many sweet things lie ahead for Benton Park, the South-side, and St. Louis as a whole.”