Workers were putting the finishing touches on the bakery late Thursday afternoon, as the bakers were busy as bees chopping apples, making pies and icing cookies in the kitchen. The bakery has been closed this week, but otherwise all the construction took place while the original space remained open for business.
What’s new? The space is nearly doubled in size, allowing for a comfortable separation between the seating area (in the original space) and the large, new counter where customers order their scones, cookies, coffee and more. The kitchen prep area is still in the back, and now has a spiffy and spacious new walk-in refrigerator and a second freezer. There is also a second basement for expanded storage.
“There’s not going to be that much more seating, but there will be more visual space,” said Thomas Pauly, who with wife Julie opened the bakery in 2011. (Spoiler alert: a large wooden bench was spotted, though Pauly was a bit cagey on whether there would eventually be tables placed in front of it).
Although it looked like a whirlwind of activity on Thursday, Pauly assured a visitor the bakery would open its doors as usual on Friday morning.
“The coffee will be ready at 7 a.m.,” he promised.
Also: with Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is a good time to get your orders in. On the menu, according to chief pie baker Ellen Gray: chocolate silk pie, heart shaped cheesecake, heart shaped linzer cookies, apple raspberry pie with pistachio crumble, flourless chocolate cake, and conversation heart shaped sugar cookies.
See you Friday, SOMA!
The Able Baker, 187 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood NJ, 973-313-1133.