Amazing Grace To Become First Grocery Store In Canal Park
For 25 years Amazing Grace Bakery has been in the basement of the Dewitt Seitz building. They have not only remodeled during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but they have changed things around completely from a bakery to a grocery store.
Amazing Grace has been closed for the last 2 months due to the Pandemic and also had to lay off about 30 employees. Owner Connor Riley spoke with FOX 21 about the turnabout in his business "Changing with the times you have to adjust, you can’t dig in your heels cause then those are the places that don’t survive. The margins are super thin and so even at 50% it’s hard to try and meet that. And then outdoor dining is not an option today, it’s a 20 mph wind and it’s freezing cold." So he decided to start with a clean slate. “It’s been kind of like switching from restaurant brain to grocery store brain."
The Bakery and Cafe will reopen as Amazing Grace Grocery and Cafe. The indoor and outdoor seating will remain the same, but most of the interior will be completely changed. All of the demo work and construction is being done by Riley's family and friends. He hopes to have all that done this month with the cafe and breakfast area opening in July and the grocery store portion opening in August.
Riley spoke with FOX 21 about what the grocery store will carry: "Produce, eggs, dairy, probably some meats. We’re going to have a little grab-and-go kind of area with our own — bringing back a lot of old recipes that we’ve had for the last 25 years here — y’know hummuses, pestos, other salads.”
With the summer tourist season questionable Riley is hoping locals will support the store as well, the first of it's kind in Canal Park.