New bakery, café to open this weekend
John and Paige Courtney have joined with three-time Olympian skier Devin Logan to open The Bake Shop this weekend in Kimball Junction.
The 1,200-square-foot bakery and café with 16 seats will open at 1154 Center Drive, across the street from the Courtneys’ Chop Shop.
The menu features three main sections, including “Dough & Sweets,” “Grab ‘n’ Go,” and “Coffee & Such.” Dough & Sweets includes sourdough batard; baguettes; brioche; sourdough English muffins; sourdough pita; croissant; pain au chocolate; kouign-amann; Zukerkuchen; a variety of Danish; banana bread; zucchini muffins; chocolate chip cookies; brown butter brown sugar cookies; butter & barley ice cream; and custom cakes.
In addition to pour-over coffee, there’s also hot tea and iced drinks on tap, including nitro matcha, Vietnamese coffee, and kombucha.
On the savory side, The Bake Shop offers a house salad, hummus, house-made turkey on baguette, tomato mozzarella on baguette, ham & cheese on brioche, breakfast sandwiches on English muffins, seasonal quiche, Locals Only jam, and Miss Katie’s Egg Casserole, which combines savory egg pudding with leftover bread, sausages and peppers.
The three partners are sharing responsibility for daily operations in and out of the kitchen.
John Courtney, a former banker, graduated from San Francisco Culinary School in 2007 and went to work at three-Michelin Star Restaurant La Bouitte in San Martin de Belleville in Savoy, France. He worked at several restaurants until opening Chop Shop Park City in 2020 with wife Paige.
Chop Shop has earned a number of accolades, including Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best (third best restaurant in Park City, behind Riverhorse on Main and Hearth & Hill) in 2021. John was a Season 43 Chopped Champion, earned the Rising Star Chef Award for his work with Yardbird in 2014, and was the BOH Brawl Champion in Las Vegas in 2019.
“I’ve worked in so many restaurants in my life, and I think this will be a perfect complement to Chop Shop, which has completely different offerings. We all feel that this is going to be a hit for Park City-area bread and baked goods lovers,” said John. “We’re so excited to get the doors open, and we’re really excited to introduce our pour-over coffee service, which produces some really delicious coffee that complements our pastries very well.”
Paige Courtney has worked in the food service industry since she was 15 years old, working her way up the food chain from Hawaii to Nashville to New Orleans before heading back to school at the age of 27. After moving to Las Vegas, she graduated summa cum laude from UNLV’s hospitality school. Before joining Chop Shop Park City six months after it opened, she was the food and beverage director of the Waldorf Astoria in Park City.
Paige, who won the Ketel One Moscow Mule Competition in Las Vegas in 2014, is a Level 2 sommelier for the Court of Master Sommeliers.
“I have really enjoyed immersing myself in the culinary side, while introducing our brown butter chocolate chip cookie and our local honey lemonade,” said Paige. “I’m always interested in growth in this industry, which I’ve found more interesting than any other industry I’ve worked in.”
Devin Logan is a three-time Olympian who was the inaugural Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle skiing in 2014. A recent Westminster College graduate, she found her passion for food while off the slopes after retiring in 2022, she said.
“I have always loved cooking and started cooking more and more for myself and teammates while traveling for skiing,” said Logan. “Like most others, I started baking during the pandemic, and that passion has continued to grow. I am fortunate enough to have found a passion off of the slopes, and I’m excited about turning it into my second career.”
The Bake Shop’s walls are adorned with art by Park City local artist and photographer Jared McMillen, who owns and operates McMillen Fine Art Photography at 505 Main St.
For more information: http://www.thebakeshopparkcity.com.
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