SCHENECTADY — The new Bountiful Bread bakery and cafe on lower State Street opened to the public Tuesday.
The second location of the artisanal bread maker was ready to go in late 2020 but the COVID pandemic was peaking at the time, so the owners opted to hold off rather than open in the midst of curfews and capacity limits.
State officials lifted most restrictions last week. On Monday, Bountiful Bread on State opened the doors to friends and family; at 8 a.m. Tuesday, it held a soft opening for the general public.
The grand opening will be held later on.
This is the second location for Bountiful Bread; the original in Stuyvesant Plaza opened in 1997. So the concept and execution are established and proven, but there are enough employees to carry it out for only a single shift.
“Like everyone else, it seems like we’re working hard to hire strong employees,” said Candice White, vice president of White Management Corporation, the family company that owns the brand.
The hours of the new location are 8 to 3, seven days a week. When the workforce grows, the hours will expand.
“We are excited to finally open the doors,” said Brian White, president of White Management.
Cookies, cakes and of course bread are made from scratch. Soup, sandwiches and grain bowls are sold for takeout or sitdown consumption at the 108 State St. storefront.
There’s also a catering component to the new bakery/cafe: Mill Artisan District Events.
Catered events have been in hibernation for much of the last 16 months but the Whites expect a rebound. They will be on-premise at Frog Alley Brewing, its neighbor in the Mill Artisan District, or elsewhere in the Albany-Schenectady area.
White Management was formed in 1967 by Brian and Candice’s father, David White of Slingerlands. It now has over 30 eateries across New York state, a mix of sit-down (Butcher Block, Log Jam) and fast food (KFC, Taco Bell and Dunkin) that has proved a good mix through the pandemic, as the takeout locations saw enough increased business to counterbalance the dropoff in sitdown business.
White Management also operates Annabel’s Pizza Co., a wood-fired pizzeria between Bountiful Bread on State and the Frog Alley brewery.