Michael's Seafood to add bakery
February 20, 2013By Liz Biro
The wife of late Carolina Beach chef and restaurateur Michael McGowan is continuing her husband’s practice of striving to serve a market hungry for good food.
Shelly McGowan maintains the Michael’s Seafood Restaurant she and husband opened in 1998 at a 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. shopping strip in Carolina Beach. In mid-March, she said she plans to open Big Apple Bakery just a few doors down from Michael’s.
The all-takeout bakery that will serve bagels, breads, muffins, cookies, specialty cakes, coffee, among other treats, is based on full-service, from-scratch bakeries the McGowans grew up with in New England, Shelly McGowan said.
“The bakery is something Michael and I had been talking about for a few months before he got sick,” she said, explaining that the pair along with many of their customers and friends were longing for bakeries such as those in Shelly McGowan’s native New York and Michael McGowan’s native Pennsylvania.
Michael McGowan died in October 2012 due to due to complications related to cystic fibrosis.
“A question I’ve heard over and over again in Michael’s is ‘Where can we get a good bagel?’ ” Shelly McGowan said.
Additionally, Big Apple Bakery will supply gluten-free, sugar-free and Paleo Diet-approved baked goods, she said.
Shelly McGowan’s sister, Kim Schumann, a professional baker and cake decorator, and Aris Axelgard, a manager at Michael’s who has dreamed of owning her own bakery, will run Big Apple, McGowan said.
Meantime, business is humming along at Michael’s, which Shelly McGowan said she would continue to operate.
“We’re doing real well; props to my staff, for sure. They’ve really stopped up to the plate,” she said. “With his [Michael McGowan’s] leadership over the years, he molded them into exactly what they’re doing and that’s carrying on his legacy.”