BOUNTIFUL — This wasn’t a ribbon cutting.
You can’t eat ribbon, said Ron Bagley, franchise owner of the new Corner Bakery Cafe,
So instead of ribbon, he invited business and civic leaders to gather around a bundt cake and instead of scissors they wielded knives.
Monday morning’s event was held to celebrate the opening of the Bountiful business located at 175 W. 500 South.
“This adds a lot to the city,” said Dell Loy Hansen, of Wasatch Guarantee Capital, who with Ryan Peterson and John Lindsley are partners in the project. “We like to leave places a lot better, not a little better. We’re proud to be here.”
Hansen is developing the area surrounding the fast-serve bakery as well, which now includes Savers Thrift Store and Planet Fitness.
He touted the bakery’s artistic design and landscaping, and said it adds a lot to a vibrant area of Bountiful.
The bakery is designed to be a community restaurant, not just a chain, said Hansen, who is the owner of Real Salt Lake.
Corner Bakery started in 1991 in Chicago with a focus on artisan breads and fresh desserts. This is the fourth to open in Utah, all started by Bagley.
“We are cooking all day long,” said Bagley, so whether people stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, food will be fresh.
Community involvement is important to the franchise, he said. Photos inside show Bountiful landmarks and a percentage of the proceeds from opening day sales were designated for South Davis Community Hospital.
The first 100 people in line at 7 a.m. were given a commemorative mug and free daily refills of soda or coffee for a year.
“This kind of business, where they want to be part of the community and contribute, is the kind we love to have here,” said Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis.
He told those gathered for the cake cutting that he had enjoyed a meal at the bakery and found it really close to his memories of his grandmother’s cooking.
“I came, I ate and I loved it,” he said, adding that he had to sacrifice by eating only one chocolate mini-cake instead of three.
He celebrated one of their slogans, “Feed the day,” and said all should “feed” and love every day.
“Make every single day important,” he said, “make it worthwhile.”
Corner Bakery Cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Drawings will be held throughout opening week to award three customers with free grilled panini for a year.