The Rooster & Two Chicks Bakery to Open on Allen Street This July
by Caitlin - posted 10:36 pm, June 26, 2013
A two-in-one eclectic gift shop and bakery, the Rooster & Two Chicks, is set to open at 93 Allen Street, between Virginia Place and Delaware Avenue, on a to-be-determined date in July.
The shop is the vision turned reality of longtime friends Barbara Buchnowski, Arlene Rung, and Rick Smith, who came up with the idea to open a business that put to optimal use the talents each brought to the table. Rick, who owned a store in New York City before moving back to Buffalo, will repurpose items into unique housewares and other collectibles to sell in the gift shop; Arlene, who has years of experience baking extensively for friends, family, and co-workers, will create the inventory for the bakery; and Barbara will serve as the trio’s marketing and public relations guru.
In its pursuit to become Buffalo’s “sweet tooth-curbing destination between business hours,” the Rooster & Two Chicks will target downtown workers in need of a quick afternoon pick-me-up and sales representatives looking for a unique treat to bring on calls with a variety of cookies, cupcakes, individual-sized pies and sweet quick breads, and other goodies rooted in American baking traditions. Here is sneak peak at the menu (note the vegan, gluten-free, and paleo offerings):
Sea salt caramel chocolate chip
Almond raspberry thumbprints
Sweet Quick Breads
Strawberry cream cheese
Banana peanut butter chocolate chip
Pure Decadent Pleasures
Cappuccino walnut toffee
Tipsy pecan clusters
Orange cream cupcakes (vegan & gluten-free)
Seriously best gluten-free brownies
Chocolate almond breakfast bars (gluten-free)
Paleo cookie dough bites (gluten-free)
I was lucky enough to try some items from the menu and have to give Arlene credit for her deft use of salt to play up the more subtle bitter, nutty, and fruity notes of the burnt sugar, butter, and chocolate, respectively, in her caramel chocolate chip cookies and seven-layer bars. And I can attest that the gluten-free brownies described on the menu as “seriously best” are deliciously rich, with deep cocoa flavor and copious chocolate chunks that would please even the most ardent gluten addicts. If the name didn’t give it away, no one would suspect they aren’t made with wheat flour.
Once open, the Rooster & Two Chicks will hold hours Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will happily take advance and custom orders for work and social events. For more information, you can reach the bakery at 716.572.4648.