Nicole Evans Groth, former head confectioner at Videri Chocolate Factory, is hoping to open a bake shop, Anisette, in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood by late August.
Groth, 41, is taking over the space of children’s boutique, Progeny, at 209 Bickett Blvd. Progeny has moved a few doors down the street. The bakery will be next to the former Bickett Gallery, which is now home to Urbage, an urban vintage decor store.
In the 800-square-foot space, Groth plans to serve coffee, cold brew, cookies, tea cakes, candies and more. What will not be on the menu are any of the chocolate confections she was known to make at Videri. (Groth’s work earned the company a Good Food Awards honor in 2015 for her strawberry anise ganache candy.) “We’re branching out a little bit,” Groth explained.
With only three tables, Groth said it will not be a sit-and-spend-all-afternoon bakery and coffee shop; it will be more grab and go.
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After two and a half years at Videri, Groth was ready to step out on her own. (She chased her culinary dreams later in life after an earlier career in information science. She previously taught data management at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.)
“It felt like it was time,” said Groth about this move. She hopes the shop will open by late August.
The shop’s hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Follow their progress on Instagram: @sweetanisette