Sauce Magazine – Star Bakery & Cafe will open on South Grand in St. Louis this summer


Star Bakery & Cafe will open on South Grand in St. Louis this summer

Star Bakery & Cafe will open at 5547 S. Grand Blvd. late June or early July. The bakery will primarily serve baked goods such as cakes, pastries, cookies and will also include a breakfast and lunch menu. Owner Nikki Ahmadi plans to hold a grand opening event and will provide further details on the bakery’s social media.

Ahmadi started her baking journey in 2019 baking cakes for her family, friends and other mutual contacts. Although she didn’t bake much when she was younger, Ahmadi quickly established herself in the baking community and won the title of Best Tasting Cake in St. Louis from Bride St. Louis at the Cake & Champagne Bridal Show 2019.

“I was an accountant, so I would come home tired, then bake a cake and it would calm me down,” Ahmadi said. “I [did] than for the past two years, then I decided [was] It was time for me to leave the corporate world and open my own bakery because that’s what made me happy.

The bakery will offer a selection of baked goods including cupcakes, cookies and more. For commission orders, customers will need to provide two weeks’ notice for birthday cakes and a few months’ notice for wedding cakes. In addition, the bakery will serve breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, there will be various sandwiches, bagels, croissants and parfaits. For lunch, the menu will include sandwiches, mac and cheese, tomato soup, and broccoli and cheddar soup. And finally, coffee, tea and smoothies will also be available. Another notable element of Star Bakery & Cafe is Ahmadi’s Afghan heritage, in which she also hopes to introduce Afghan baked goods such as pistachio and almond cookies to the menu.

As for the interior of the bakery, the 2,000 square foot space is adorned with a flower wall and neon signage to welcome customers, as well as a flower installation hanging from the ceiling.

Although this is primarily a take-out operation, there will be seating and tables as a waiting area or for those having consultations for cakes and other special orders. The space will also be available for after-hours rentals for events such as tea parties. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s definitely something I like,” Ahmadi said. “When a customer has [my] cake and they’re like, ‘This is amazing’, it makes me really happy – I created something that someone else loves.


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