A stretch of northwest Bakersfield got a bit sweeter recently with the addition of a second Sugar Twist Bakery location.
Late last month, the new bakery opened just seven miles down Calloway Road from the flagship store. While some might call that market oversaturation, one of the owners said it’s a calculated move.
“It’s a good testing ground for us,” said Victoria “Dee” Long, who runs the businesses with brother/head baker Nai Chhaykrith and sister Ariya Burana. “It’s easy that it’s down the street.”
Doughnuts are baked fresh at each location but the cakes and cupcakes are still baked at the Brimhall Road store.
Situated in a shopping center anchored by a Walmart Neighborhood Market, the new Sugar Twist will be in good culinary company. The Habit Burger Grill recently opened and a Pieology Pizzeria is slated to go in as well.
Being able to build this location from the ground up allowed the family to design the space to accommodate more diners. With so many homes located nearby, the shop should draw more walk-in business, Long said.
“The feedback that I heard was they want to walk to the location. As far as the food decisions, they were interested in a late lunch/early dinner deal type of deal. They wanted to sit and relax and enjoy the scenery after a walk.”
Long expects the shop to do a brisk business in sandwiches, with options including turkey and brie, hot beef, chipotle BLT and a classic club. Chhaykrith is also developing a soup and salad menu to add to the new shop.
Although the siblings have long joked that they each wanted a Sugar Twist to run, Long said they’re happy to contribute to the two shops. Long and Burana, who also own Rainbow Donuts, assist Chhaykrith at Sugar Twist — Long as lead decorator and co-manager and Burana in advertising and finance.
“We all have different gifts to bring to the business,” she said. “We’re a great team.”
The new Sugar Twist is located at 5511 Calloway Drive, Suite 100.
A Whopper of an idea
In the fast-food world, there are many of Frankenstein’s monsters running around. Burger King, home to chicken fries, has done it again with its Whopperito, a cheeseburger burrito set to debut Monday.
The Whopperito lives up to its name, swapping the traditional sesame-seed bun for a tortilla but otherwise going full Whopper — beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. Condiments are where the chain got creative. In lieu of ketchup, mayo or mustard, a queso sauce will slap customers with some spice.
The innovation, retailing for $2.99, will remain on the menu for the next four months, unless demand dictates it become a regular menu item.
Want to know how it tastes but are afraid to try it yourself? Keep your eyes on The Californian for an upcoming taste test.
Nature’s Food Market and Juice Bar is offering another raw food class on Aug. 21. The theme is “Sprouting with a Spanish Flair” and the menu includes “limeonade,” tacos, Spanish rice and spicy chocolate mousse. In addition to the recipes, Wendy Naus, who owns the store with husband Chuck, will demonstrating basic sprouting techniques.
The class runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost is $22 and prepayment at the shop, 2000 H St., is required by Friday. Early sign-up is encouraged since space is limited.
And while you’re there signing up, you can try the shop’s new sweet greens salad. The dish features kale, mix greens, apple, cucumber, celery, red onion, fig, dried cranberries, grapes, pumpkin seeds, lemon, olive oil and special seasonings.
New and different
A new cafe is coming to downtown Bakersfield. Set to open later this year is Cafe Smitten at 909 18th St. The business is run by Stasie Bitton, daughter of Bakersfield City Councilman Bob Smith. ... Frugatti’s is joining the steal-the-glass movement with its own outing with Firestone Walker Brewing Co. from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15. The brewery will feature its Pivo and STiVO, a mash-up of its Pivo and STS craft pilsner from Russian River Brewing Co. Cost is $5 for the glass and beer (one glass per person) and diners must order an entree. ... IHOP is serving its criss-croissants now through Sept. 25. Flavors include salted caramel and banana, strawberries and sweet cream cheese and the savory spinach and roasted red pepper. ... Corner Bakery Cafe added some Italian flair with its rustic Italian panini and classic Italian sandwich, both featuring Capicola ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and pepperoncini. For a lighter option, the new Italian chef salad serves the ham and salami with fresh mozzarella, cavatappi pasta salad on iceberg and romaine with red wine vinaigrette.