Although some of the details are still being worked out, the manna staff is adding bakery operations at the Coastal Cupcakes site at 129 Princess St. in downtown Wilmington.
“We’re 99.5 percent sure we’ll call it, 'Sweets,'” said Billy Mellon, owner of manna.
It sounds simple, he said, but it’s also his nickname for Rebeca Alvarado-Paredes, the restaurant’s executive pastry chef.
He, Alvarado-Paredes and Jameson Chavez, manna’s executive chef, are all partners for the bakery. They’re still deciding on the spelling and if the branding and signage will be a continuation of that of manna and Bourgie Nights, which are located next to the bakery.
“It makes sense for us,” Mellon said. “It’s right next door, it adds more baking space for us.”
It’s also an opportunity to showcase Alvarado-Paredes’ skills, he said. “Rebeca and Jameson are shining stars and they don’t get enough credit, in my opinion.”
He said they’ve already been using the kitchen at the new space, and they’ll be tweaking the hours of Sweets, but they are operating it as a retail shop. Customers can find cupcakes, treats like hand pies and more freestyle creations, he said.
They’ll also be offering sales of cakes and pies for events and increasing their wholesale business.
Kristen Spetrino, owner of Coastal Cupcakes, will be focusing on Topsee Tulip, her frosting company, he said. The bakery partners aren’t planning a grand opening for the bakery but expect to host some pop-up events in the coming weeks.