Friday, March 15, 2013

Back Door Bakeshop To Open in Downtown Bethlehem

Congratulations to Gail and Dina on moving the baking operation "downtown" to 92 East Broad Street in Bethlehem! You may recognize the name Back Door Bakeshop from the stands they've had at multiple farmers' markets in the area. They'll be open soon: 
This space will allow us to sell retail, and will have two walk-up windows for our customers to order and pick up from – kind of like a stationary food truck. Since there’s no indoor seating, everything will be “to-go”. During nice weather, we’ll pop a few cafe tables out on the sidewalk.
Along with all of our baked goods, we’ll be offering soup and sandwiches for lunch (just wait ’til you see our sandwich menu) and quiche and muffins for breakfast. Keep an eye out for our daily cakes and pies – and we’re reviving the Bundt cake. Oh, and our coffee will be supplied by a great roaster based in Monmouth Beach, NJ.Booskerdoo Coffee  offers quite a few delicious blends, and we’ll be brewing it fresh just for you. We’ll also have tea, hot cocoa, and other soft drinks.
I love Gail's cappucino brownies and peach jam, and Mark has a weakness for her granola. I can't wait for BDB, retail-style. I predict it will bring some life to East Broad Street and inspire some other businesses to get spruced up!

What else is (already) worth checking out in that neighborhood?
Panache Skin Care & Makeup
Sew On & Sew Forth tailoring (in concert with Underwired vintage store!)
The Other Fish Sushi Bar

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Third and Ferry Fish Market

The former Lipkin's building in downtown Easton has been under renovation/reinforcement/construction for far too long. The team behind this development is also part of a couple of places you already love - Vintage Restaurant at The Club at Morgan Hill in Easton, and Green Pepper at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. 

Adding seafood to the mix, the Third and Ferry Street Fish Market is scheduled to open by early spring on the first floor of Lipkin’s building, 44 S. Third St., said Mike Pichetto, proprietor of Vintage at the Club at Morgan Hill in Williams Township.
Featuring a raw bar, it will also have a retail fish market, Pichetto said. It may eventually offer oven-ready dishes for sale, he added.
On the upper floors, building owner Pal Reality is starting to rent six 1,000-square-foot duplex apartments on the third and fourth floors and two 1,300-square-foot second-floor apartments, Pichetto said. The company plans to have tenants by February in the old furniture store, he said.
A chef — Javin Small, formerly at The Farmhouse in Emmaus — has been hired, Pichetto said.
Meals to go, fish market, raw bar... all new things to the downtown Easton restaurant scene, plus a talented chef and experienced ownership team. A winning combination. I can't wait for this place to open. And when it does, it will make four fantastic restaurants on one block - Ocean, Sette Luna and Mesa. Progressive dinner, anyone?