Print
Restaurants

Downtown Restaurant Adding Bakery

By Allison Ballard, posted Jul 5, 2017
Rebeca Alvarado-Paredes is a partner with manna owner Billy Mellon and manna executive chef Jameson Chavez in a new bakery. (Photo courtesy of manna)
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.

Story On The Map

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Lr 7992 pp 911712351

Dignity Offers New Final Family Resting Places

Patrick Kelly - Dignity Memorial
Volety 0020 1121724229

UNCW to offer N.C.’s first Actuarial Science Certificate Program

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences
Chris coudriet headshot 300x300 10211545555

County Projects are Investments in Our Future

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government

Trending News

After Park Announcement, What's Next For Echo Farms?

Cece Nunn - Jun 15, 2018

Local Leaders Describe Economic Development Efforts

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 15, 2018

In Downtown Wilmington, Engineering Firm Getting Room To Grow

Cece Nunn - Jun 15, 2018

YMCA Has $8.1M Toward $9.8M Goal For Renovation On Market Street

Johanna Cano - Jun 15, 2018

Banks Respond To Dodd-Frank Changes

Jenny Callison - Jun 15, 2018

In The Current Issue

Mirimichi Looks To Changing Landscape

Russ Britton started his sustainable landscape products company with a star-studded partnership and plans to continue to grow Mirimichi Gree...


Labor Market Checkup

The demand for health care workers in an area like the Cape Fear region is expected to remain healthy for years to come, experts say....


Berry Farms Weather The Ups And Downs

The weather might have made the 2018 growing season challenging for local berry farmers thus far, but it has not slowed demand for straight-...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2018 Power Breakfast - Dishing on the Restaurant Biz
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties
2017 Health Care Heroes