Sweet by Mani Niall
If you’re looking for something sweet and delicious, or sweet and vegan, or sweet and gluten-free in Downtown Oakland, get ready for Sweet Bar Bakery. Mani Niall, who worked as Michael Jackson’s personal chef in the 1980’s and later operated a bakery in Los Angeles, plans to open Sweet Bar Bakery on Broadway in late 2012.
After arriving in the Bay Area in 1999, Niall became the executive chef at Just Desserts, and Sweet Bar Bakery is his first business endeavor in Oakland. With the boom in the local arts district, he saw the opportunity to bring artisan baked goods and delicious food to the Uptown District. As a new addition to the neighborhood, Sweet Bakery will compliment the thriving arts and music district with a myriad of delicious desserts, small meals, beer and wine for breakfast and lunch.
Niall has experience cooking and baking for people with special dietary needs, but rather than offering niche food that is overly focused on restrictions, he wants to make dessert that reminds people why they love eating dessert.
His inclusive menu will cater to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and everybody in between. Sourcing high quality, organic ingredients is essential to creating the mouth watering treats that Niall is known for. The menu is not yet solidified, but items akin to vegan chocolate raspberry muffins and Meyer cornmeal upside down cake, as well as some savory baking, will be sure to tempt your taste buds. The lunch menu will have simple offerings such as soup, salad and flatbread, and breakfast will likewise include tantalizing selections.
Niall plans to open doors in the old MacFarlane Candy Factory store front. With large, sweeping windows and a warm, friendly atmosphere, Sweet Bar Bakery is sure to become a fixture within the neighborhood. Other local businesses have already offered their support and enthusiasm for the new bakery, and Niall hopes to drum up financial support with his
The chance to donate to this exciting new venture closes within the week, so be sure to check out their campaign. We look forward to filling our bellies with Niall’s exquisite culinary concoctions.
To donate to their Kickstarter campaign, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sweetbar/sweet-bar-bakery