VALPARAISO | The departure of the Cornucopia Coffee Company opened the way for not only the Main and Lincoln restaurant but also the Wildflour bakery.
The restaurant at 210 Lincolnway is the latest entry in the city's downtown historic district fine dining montage and plans to open around the end of the year holiday season. Wildflour will have the same address but will be more attuned to satisfying the area's sweet tooth.
Abby Leetz hopes to open the bakery in October with a menu of pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other desserts with the flavors changing weekly. The shop will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays to start and Saturdays will be made special by the offering of cinnamon buns.
Leetz formerly operated Abigail's Catering but was forced to leave that a couple of years ago. Since then she has put her ophthalmology education to work for her at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.
"Then I got the space downtown, and I decided to give it a shot," she said. "The main focus is catering for events. I will do sweets tables for wedding receptions and such so they get a variety of food to try."
She also plans to make space in her bakery available for small parties, showers and birthday parties, and offer backing classes to children seven and up.
"It will be a lot of fun," she said. "We will spend about two hours making cupcakes from start to finish, and they will get to take home a box of nine to 12 cupcakes fully decorated. If one of the kids in the class is having a birthday that day, I would supply a cake."
The cinnamon rolls will only be sold one day a week because they are labor intensive but popular. Leetz said, when she had her catering business, she would have sales on Saturday and the cinnamon rolls always sold out.
"I do want to get into breads, but I want to try to get the other things rolling first," she said.
She will be discussing the plans for the bakery with the city's Site Review Committee on Tuesday.