SCUGOG: The Chicken Coop Bakery and Restaurant in Greenbank is looking to expand on the strong roots the bakery has already grown in the community.
Shankar and Uma, originally from Markham, have 16 years of restaurant experience between them. Looking to raise their children in a smaller town, Uma and Shankar instantly fell in love with the peace and tranquiolity of Greenbank. They wanted to work close to home and when they heard a local bakery of, 48 years, was looking for someone to take over, (as long as they kept the original name) Uma and Shankar jumped all over the opportunity and opened the bakery full-time in February, 2016.
The Chicken Coop Bakery is keeping the tradition of the bakery alive, featuring an impressive selection of baked goods. Everything from bread, pies, a variety of buns, to assorted pastries, line the shelves of the bakery. The Chicken Coop currently has 8 local employees, including a couple of bakers with 30 years of baking experience, that stayed on after the change of ownership. Everything is baked in-store fresh that day. Baking is halted at 1 p.m. everyday, so make sure to stop by early, so as to not miss out on some of the more popular items.
In addition to the bakery, Uma and Shankar wanted to add their own personal touch to the restaurant, deciding to expand, capitalizing on what they knew. They added Thai and Carribean menu options, such as samosas and curry. The store is also lined with freezers, packed to the lid with everything they make in-store, including baked goods and dinner options. They say the patio will be open soon to take in some sun while enjoying a meal and additional tables are inside to sit down and relax. If you cannot make it in-store, The Chicken Coop also offers delivery to anywhere within 15 minutes of the store.
Uma and Shankar would also like to take the time out to thank the community.
They were surprised by the how much support they have received from the community since arriving. “I would like to thank the community. As soon as we moved in, neighbours were knocking on the door asking us if we needed any help,” said Shankar. “You just don’t see this kind of support in big cities,” continues Shankar.
The Chicken Coop Bakery & Restaurant is located at 19980 Hwy 12, in Greenbank. They are open Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, feel free to give them a call at: 905- 985-2416.