Sarah Jane’s Bakery has been a hidden gem of the Northeast neighborhood since 1979. Regulars rave about doughnuts, cakes, cookies, and bars – but not too loudly, it is their neighborhood spot after all. Now, with new owners are ushering the sweet little spot into a buttery new era.
The Botzet family purchased the bakery in November and took over operations in February. Together, they have over 25 years of professional baking experience. Joe, Audry, Stephanie and Hannah are splitting up the responsibilities – from the business side, to baking and recipe developing, to customer service. "It has been a dream of all of ours to have our own place, and it's crazy that it's actually happening," said Stephanie, who has been working alongside her mother, Audry, for seven years – learning the ins and outs of pastry and cakes. Joe, with a background in finance, will handle the business side of things, and Hannah is taking on the front of house – putting her 10 years in retail to good use.
Some recipes are staying the same, cake and raised donuts, fruit pies, the chocolate dream, snoopy bars, and almond bars, but the cream puffs and éclairs are being tinkered with just a bit. Family cookie recipes are being implemented and shortening is being replaced by butter for all items.
Look for a bit of sprucing up in the bakery itself (think fresh coat of paint, etc.), some new items (like cheesecake), and new flavors of cakes, cupcakes and cookies.