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EXCELSIOR — Chaska’s Red Bench Bakery has plans to open a second location in Excelsior this summer.

In a post on Facebook Saturday, March 2, the bakery said: “We are excited to announce our plans for 2019! Our second location will be coming to Excelsior!” Many comments on the post are from people sharing their excitement for the “sweet” news.

Andy Mooney, chef and operator of Red Bench Bakery, told Lakeshore Weekly News on March 1 they took over occupancy of 284 Water St., the space formerly occupied by Patisserie Margo, which closed late last year.

Mooney said he did approach the owners of Patisserie Margo to see if they cared if he took over the space, and they said they’d love to see Red Bench Bakery there.

“I’ve always loved Excelsior. It’s just a great summer town,” Mooney said, noting he knows a lot of people who live and own businesses in Excelsior. “We’re ecstatic to come into town.”

Mooney said they have to do some remodeling on the space, and they will have a better idea of when the new bakery will open in about a month.

Red Bench Bakery’s website says it is a family owned bakery that specializes in “classic American and French pastries, breads and other sweet treats.” The menu for the Chaska location includes cookies, muffins, sandwiches, soups and pastries, including croissants, danishes and scones, as well as coffee, tea, juice, pop and specialty soda.

The bakery is operated by chef Mooney, his wife Kjirsten and his brother-in-law Andrew Aske, Red Bench Bakery’s website says. Mooney, of Carver, graduated from French pastry school in Chicago and has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years.

Red Bench Bakery opened at 500 N. Chestnut St. in downtown Chaska in 2017. The bakery is located in an historic building that housed a bakery from 1884-2009, the bakery’s website says.

The bakery’s website is: https://redbenchbakery.com/.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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