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The lemon bar at the new Penny's Bakery in Martin City.

The lemon bar at the new Penny’s Bakery in Martin City.

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It was ‘day one’ at the new Penny’s Bakery on Friday and by mid-morning the tills were already half empty as staff rushed to make more treats.

Owners Penny Romero and Rick Ramsey previously owned and operated Ramsey’s Burgers in the independent building with a drive-thru at 13109 Holmes Road. But they struggled to staff it during the pandemic, so it closed in November.

With the new venture, Rick insisted that it bear the name Penny. Their pastry chef, Brittany Brittin, also has a daughter, Penelope, whom she calls Penny.

Brittin said chocolate scones and cupcakes “are my thing”, as she set up pans of butter and flour to make more. They were also a top pick with customers on Friday, along with the brownies.

Penny Romero, left, and Brittany Brittin, with some of their offerings. Joyce Smith [email protected]

The shop will feature items such as Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, Birthday Cake Flavored Donuts, Strawberries Dipped in White Chocolate with Chocolate Swirl, Banana Nut Muffins, apple fritters, protein bars, cookies, brownies, lemon bars and cinnamon rolls. Flavors of some items may change daily.

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Penny’s Bakery is now open at 13109 Holmes Road in the Martin City area. Joyce Smith [email protected]

The shop also sells freshly baked tortillas and bread, and will soon add rolls and baguettes.

Penny’s Bakery will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The bakery has its first wholesale customer, Martin City Coffee next door, which Romero and Ramsey also own. Penny’s Bakery will supply the tortillas for the cafe’s popular breakfast burritos and the couple hope to add more wholesale customers. They would also like to bring Ramsey’s Burgers back at some point.

This story was originally published April 16, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.