A well-known local name has a new vision for a wholesome and healing bakery.
Mike Fish, who owned the popular Gingerbread House Bakery on Rochester’s North Broadway, wants to build a new, 6,000-square-foot wholesale bakery on open land just outside of Eyota.
He plans to call it the Bread of Life Bakery. To start with, Bread of Life will focus on wholesale contracts, like with restaurants. However, he hopes to expand to include retail sales.
A fourth generation baker, Fish ran the Gingerbread House for three years. While it was still popular, the bakery began struggling with employee health issues and a lack of space. Fish says God guided him toward taking the leap of faith of closing the bakery in September.
“It was training,” he said of managing the Gingerbread House. “That was just the place to prepare me for what he is calling our family to do … He keeps opening the doors, so we keep walking through.”
That leap of faith put him on a path toward building a new bakery that will be four times the size of the old one, with a focus on healthier products eventually made with locally grown ingredients.
“We really want to make a product that is going to be beneficial to the healing your body naturally does … Plus make it taste good and look good,” Fish said.
His goal is to break ground on Bread of Life this summer. To help that happen, Fish launched a GoFundMe campaign online to raise more money.
“Your support will help us reach our objective at Bread of Life Bakery, which is to bring a variety of whole grain baked goods removed of highly processed sugars and paired with healing ingredients into distressed markets, where growth, immune, and digestive health, as well as cognitive stability are sought after for the caring of those most precious among us, “ Fish wrote on his GoFundMe page. “This will begin as a wholesale distribution location seeking to catch the interest of local growers, allowing us to source a majority of our foundational ingredients (the grains of our grounds, honey of our hives and water of our wells) within a 100 mile radius. After the establishment of the production facility, Bread of Life Bakery will seek retail locations to offer the crafted grain and grain free products to the consumers beyond.”
The launch of his Bread of Life project comes soon after Daube's Bakery in Rochester closed its storefront sites and moved to an online-only model.
A longtime downtown Med City eatery is the latest to announce plans to close, possibly temporarily, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The folks behind Rochester's Creative Cuisine group posted on social media that Friday will be the last night for 300 First at 300 1st Ave NW.
"300 First announces with a heavy heart that we will be closing after Friday night due to the unforeseen circumstances of the last few months. While we hope this isn’t permanent, the staff at 300 would like to thank its loyal customers for over a decade of good times. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us," according to the Facebook posting.
While the upstairs restaurant 300 First is closing, the Redwood Room in the lower level will remain open.
The Currie family opened 300 First in 2008, after transitioning from the former Broadstreet Cafe and Bar format.
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