Pastry chef Anita Adams plans to open cake shop in Riverside

Former owner of Let Them Eat Cake says the new bakery will operate “by order only.”

Anita Adams, former owner of Let Them Eat Cake, intends to open along Oak Street in Riverside.
Anita Adams, former owner of Let Them Eat Cake, intends to open along Oak Street in Riverside.
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Pastry chef Anita Adams is returning to a storefront with Biscuit and Buttercream LLC, a retail cake shop that she plans to open at 2253 Oak St. in Riverside.

Adams intends to prepare and sell cakes, such as for weddings, by appointment only, according to a request for a zoning exception to operate the business.

Adams said she sold Let Them Eat Cake in 2012 in Avondale and has been freelancing, such as with Catering by Liz Grenamyer.

“I receive many cake requests and would like the challenge again of owning a business, so here I am,” she said.

Adams said the business will operate “by order only” and offer sweet and savory baked goods, including the selection of cakes she has prepared for local restaurants like Biscottis, Cafe Carmon, Sterling’s and others.

She also will make dinner party individual desserts and miniatures as well as some savory items.

“As always, I’ve considered myself more of a baker rather than a cake decorator, using natural ingredients and avoiding excessive amounts of sugar,” she said.

Adams said her space is 650 to 700 square feet, “just a great kitchen space.”

She said that after all these years, she has figured out the best workspace and flow.

“My build-out will be the easiest ever. Just plug in my equipment and off I go.” Adams said.

She hopes to be ready for business by Thanksgiving.

“With retail leases and rent sky high it has taken me quite a few months to find a perfect space,” she said.

The space had been used for Sheff’s Gourmet Takeaway and Catering, she said.

The property owner is K&E Properties LLC.

Adams seeks a zoning exception to allow for the operation of an appointment-only custom cake shop within the community residential office zoning district.

The shop, at Oak and Osceola streets, is within the Riverside/ Avondale Zoning Overlay.

The Jacksonville Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the zoning request Thursday.




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