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BC2 Artisan Bakery Rises Again in Mendota Heights

A business crushed by a rock slide on the West Side of St. Paul is moving into Mendota Plaza this summer.

When a boulder the size of two minivans crashed through the roof of Robert Dubuc’s bakery on the West Side of St. Paul, his family business effectively closed upon impact.

Now, Dubuc and his family are planning to start fresh in with BC2 (Bread, Coffee and Cake) Bakery, taking up a portion of the space .

The business is expected to open sometime in August.

Their new neighbor, is hosting a . 

When the bakery's accident happened in April of 2011, Dubuc had been entering his fifth year of business.

Since then, he’s been searching for the perfect location to again hang his shingle.

The Mendota Plaza location “works in that it’s in close proximity to the original bakery,” said Dubuc. “I like the idea that there’s lot of ample parking there. I like that there’s there, , and actually a lot of my really core customers are from Mendota.”

The Plaza is also closer to his Minneapolis customer base developed at the Mill City Farmer's Market.

Dubuc said he’s a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He worked in catering and fine dining before moving to Minnesota.

"There was not really a lot of great bread here, so I was really aching to have great bread,” said Dubuc, specifically, the San Francisco-style sourdoughs that he’s developed into a specialty.

BC2 will also serve some deli items for lunch and breakfast, as well as pastry and cakes.

Duboc said he’s going to be exploring recipes for challah and other treats with Jewish heritage.

Customers can expect a warm environment with an open production line, so they can see the bakery’s operations, said Dubuc.

And along with the sourdough starter he saved from the old building, he’ll be bringing along his two children, ages 16 and 11, as well as his mother, Rita, who will help run the counter.

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Peter May 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This is great! Looking forward to having a bakery close to home!
Danielle Cabot (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Whenever I ask about vacancies, people always say they hope for a grocery store or a bakery. It's good to see that wish fulfilled.
Janet Hawn May 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Moving into the neighborhood, good to see new businesses coming into Mendota.
johnny ramirez June 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Wishing you all the luck on your new bakery,from San antoino Texas
Constance September 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
What a fantastic video! We've missed Robert and his bakery terribly over here on the West side, so very eager for the new spot to open.
jean smith October 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I went in this morning to try it, but my purchase was only $5.00 so they wouldn't let me use my debit card to make my purchase. They have a hand written sign next to the register that I couldn't see until after asking for the things I wanted. I wouldn't ever go back and I will let everyone I know not to go there either! I will be contacting visa to see if this is even legal!

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