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Deluxe Cakes and Pastries set to re-open Tuesday


Deluxe Cakes & Pastries at 812 S. Summit Street in Iowa City — photo by Frankie Schneckloth

If you’re a regular at this charming Longfellow neighborhood bakery, you’ve likely noticed some subtle changes both inside and out over the last year. After being closed for almost three weeks for the final phase of renovation, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries is set to reopen today with a fresh interior and plans in motion to launch expanded offerings.

Owner Jamie Powers launched plans in summer 2017 to remodel the building at 812 S. Summit Street which houses both her bakery and a second-floor rental unit. Phase one of renovation began in August by reorganizing the flow of the rental unit, which afforded the bakery more square-footage for the kitchen equipment and prep space. The summer months also saw the exterior of this historic building shift from a buttery yellow to a sophisticated gray.

Phase two of remodeling saw an addition to the second-floor apartment and a separate entrance to the space which won Powers and her team of builders — Mark Russo Kitchen and Bath Design and Lammers Construction — a historic preservation award.

Powers (far right) and her team prep for tomorrow’s re-opening in the bakery’s newly remodeled kitchen — photo by Frankie Schneckloth

The most recent and final phase of work focused on the inside of the bakery, opening up the previously enclosed kitchen to reveal a team of bakers hard at work. The interior walls of the kitchen were covered with slick, white subway tile. New light fixtures were hung, and additional seating was added to the coffee bar.

The bakery’s signature red stools were salvaged from Pearson’s Soda Fountain after it closed 16 years ago. The new coffee bar now features an additional three of these red stools after a purchase from Uptown Bill’s to round out the set.

In addition to the building changes, Deluxe has also made changes to their menu. You can still expect the same delicious cakes and pastries; nothing has disappeared. The menu has been flushed out with daily savory options such as quiche and Parisian-inspired baguette sandwiches as well as made-to-order oatmeal and housemade yogurt. The bakery will also launch Sunday brunch from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. beginning Feb. 11, 2018. Sunday brunch will feature the same daily menu as well as Liege waffles, bagels, doughnuts, English muffins and a rotating selection of toasts.


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