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Dining with Doyle: Kelly’s Bakery and Café – November 17, 2017

Dining with Doyle: Kelly’s Bakery and Café – November 17, 2017

Many people live busy lives, but for Kelly Mathy her life got even more hectic nearly 12 years ago when her and husband Jamie opened Kelly’s Bakery and Café.

Along with owning Kelly’s, the talented baker is also a fourth grade teacher Monday through Friday. Kelly always has had a passion for baking, growing up and learning the ropes from her grandmother and mother.

The teacher had many fortunes change when it was one day she decided to bring cookies for the teachers in the lounge.

“One of the secretaries bought cookies from her and brought them to other schools around the district…it resulted in a pile of orders during the holiday season…year one we baked 50 dozen cookies, year two 250 dozen, year three 450 dozen…we then decided it was time to expand,” Jamie said.

The initial thought was to rent a commercial kitchen in order to fulfill all the orders. What led to renting a kitchen resulted in the Mathy’s purchasing the space for Kelly’s in downtown Bloomington at 113 N. Center Street.

The local café has been open since November 15, 2005. The success has come from dedication and hard work, as in order to both run a bakery and café, along with teaching takes dedication.

“She’ll get up and come in to start baking, gets stuff in the ovens then will lock up and run to the gym. Comes back to take stuff out, our manager will come in around 7:30 to take over, then she’ll run home to shower and get ready for school to start teaching around 9,” Jamie said.

With very easy access and great location, it has given this establishment name recognition over the years.

“We have become one of the go-to spots for the people who work downtown…it’s easy to walk over and get one of your favorite sandwiches or soups and head back to the office,” Jamie said.

Location though doesn’t mean everything; the product still needs to be of quality and Kelly’s delivers.

With a menu that consists of breakfast, lunch, and early diner options, influence on items comes from just about everyone that works at the café.

From Kelly’s travels around Europe, Jamie’s experiences around the country, and even the staff putting their twists on different sandwiches.

There are café style sandwiches, grilled Panini options, salads, daily rotating soups, and of course a wide range of bakery options from the baking guru.

I dove into a classic cup of the chicken noodle soup, paired with a sandwich combo of the Twisted Turkey and the Pepper; along with one of Kelly’s turkey cookies she made fresh that morning.

The Twisted Turkey comes Panini style, with raspberry jalapeno spread, fresh cut turkey, and smoked gouda cheese. The Pepper is also a grilled sandwich that includes caramelized onions, roast beef, bacon jam, and white cheddar cheese.

High quality ingredients can be tasted, with different products being bought both locally and brought in from the different travels and adventures of the owners.

The quaintness and warm friendly staff make you want to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere. With eclectic art pieces that feature local artists each month, it really is the pure definition of a bakery and café.

Kelly’s Bakery and Café receives a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Tune in every Friday at the bottom of the hour on 103.3 WZND and WZND.com for a new edition of Dining with Doyle with WZND reporter Neil Doyle.

Neil Doyle

November 17th, 2017

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