LAKEVIEW — Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Café has a new look as the beloved Lakeview bakery marks 30 years in business.
Bittersweet, 1114 W. Belmont Ave., recently reopened after a renovation that mixes old-world charm with modern touches. The design, led by SK Design Group, takes inspiration from the cafe’s iconic Lu Lu Biscuits poster, which was bought by Bittersweet’s founder Judy Contino.
“Lu Lu is our mascot,” said Esther Griego, owner and managing partner. “It reminds us of where we came from and has inspired where we are going.
Griego took over the bakery in 2015 from Contino, her now-retired aunt and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef.
New to the bakery are an additional pastry case, more banquet and counter seating, and a wedding tasting area with windows offering a look into the kitchen.
Bittersweet has also added several items to its menu, including more types of classic desserts and cakes, almond croissants and seasonal fruit Danish pastries made with local butter from pastured cows.
As the business marks its 30th year in Lakeview, Bittersweet also is preparing to open a second location this fall at 2019 S. Laflin St. in Pilsen.
“Thirty years is such an incredible achievement for any business,” Griego said. “We’re honored to be able to shepherd this iconic brand toward growth and the future.”
Bittersweet is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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