UTICA, N.Y. — Utica Bread, a retail and wholesale bakery that opened in July 2015 to offer bread, pastries, quiche and croissants, will expand production to meet growing demand from its wholesale accounts in New York. The change, effective Aug. 30, will require a reformatting of the retail space, and the retailer said it will reduce its custom-prepared food offerings at the space to no longer offer sandwiches, soups and salads.
Utica Bread said it will continue to operate as a retail and wholesale bakery seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The retailer said it intends to revisit the custom-prepared portion of its business in another location, but for right now it will focus on maintaining “the high-level of quality promised by the Utica Bread brand.”“Since we opened our doors, it’s been all about the bread,” said Tim Hardiman, owner and executive chef. “We opened with a wide variety of products and services only to quickly find that the space would struggle to meet the demand for bread, pastry and made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads. With more than 30 restaurants and food service establishments currently using Utica Bread, and the expressed customer demand for bread and pastry we almost immediately outgrew our space.”