New bakery to hold grand opening


Patrick and Patricia Kennedy are the owners of River's Edge Bakery in Guttenberg. Patricia is new to the bakery business, but Patrick has been baking for 42 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Patricia and Patrick Kennedy have made some pretty big changes in the past three weeks. They relocated from their home in Chicago to Guttenberg, began setting up a new business on River Park Drive, and are scheduled to launch that business on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Technically speaking, they’re on vacation.

The Kennedys took three weeks vacation from their current jobs in Chicago and are set to ‘retire’ on Aug. 7 and 8, following the grand opening of River’s Edge Bakery. “For me to have a bakery, this is ideally perfect,” says Patricia, gesturing to the view outside the new shop’s window. 

Patrick began baking 42 years ago, when he asked for a job in a bakery while working there as a painter’s assistant. “I was making $20 a day and working 16 hour days for two years,” he recalls. Patrick has opened various bakeries over the years and has worked in many more.  He plans to begin baking at 10:00 p.m. each night and open up shop by 5:00 a.m. most days. 

At 8:00 a.m., Patrick will go home to rest and Patricia will take over selling loaves of bread, cinnamon rolls, donuts, turnovers, strudels, and more. Word travels fast – prior to its official opening, the bakery had already taken orders for three wedding cakes and 200 cupcakes. 

The couple very recently began living in Guttenberg permanently, but they’re no strangers to its charms. They began camping at Miner’s Creek Campground in the summer of 2010, after being told they couldn’t reach their destination – in Monticello – because the dam had burst and the campground was flooded. 

That weekend, Miner’s Creek Campground was installing electricity in the bathhouse. “It was so dark!” Patricia remembers. Denny Schlueter left a light on for her near the bathroom, and new friend Carol Chapman turned on a light outside her camper. The Chapmans, a couple from New Hartford, still camp next to the Kennedys, and they’ve become close. “If they hadn’t left lights on for us, we wouldn’t be here today.” 

Patrick’s talents became known at the campground because he’d often bring baked goods from home. “These guys have been after me to open a bakery here,” he says. This week, he’ll begin selling his baked goods along the river. Specialties include hoska bread, an egg twist bread made with golden raisins, and Patrick’s apple and cherry strudels. 

“I won’t buy anything premade. It’s all made right here in the shop.” he says. “I want people to know they’re getting stuff they could grow on a farm.” 

Along with decades of experience baking, Patrick brings with him a Chicago invention known as the atomic cake. A layer of custard from scratch, bananas, and whipped cream is topped with a layer of yellow cake, strawberries, and whipped cream, and on top of that goes a layer of chocolate cake covered in fudge and more whipped cream. The finished product is about six inches deep. 

Before the Kennedys met, Patricia used to purchase atomic cakes from Patrick in Chicago. Her favorite treat is Patrick’s gourmet cinnamon rolls, but she also loves cherry and apple pocket pies. The bakery will sell drip coffee to be enjoyed with their sweet treats, and Patricia also plans to sell penny candy. 

River’s Edge Bakery is located at 422 S. River Park Drive and can be reached by telephone at 252-5938. Following Wednesday’s grand opening, hours are 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Sundays. Visit the bakery online at www.riversedgebakery.com.

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