In 2013 Bake and Play Cafe opened in the southeast corner of Mockingbird and Abrams as a parent-kid haven with a 1,600-square-foot play area for the kids and a cafe with an extensive menu and free wifi for mom and dad. The space also featured a large party room where kids could make their own pizzas and then decorate cupcakes or cookies, but that part is changing.
Bake and Play is going back to the drawing board and reworking its original concept.
“We’re rebranding it as the Little Lakewood Salon and Playhouse,” says co-owner Kelly Kemp. “Instead of a cafe, bakery and play place, we’re a salon, boutique and playhouse.”
Don’t worry parents, they plan to keep the kids play area, but they’re throwing out all food service. Instead they plan to host a salon for kids and a boutique. However, if you want to snack while your kids play in the play area, you can bring your own food and drink.
“Bring what you want and come hang out and let your kids play,” Kemp says.
The restaurant concept became overwhelming and that’s why they’re getting rid of it, Kemp explains.
“It became more restaurant than we originally wanted, and me and Dee are not restaurant people,” Kemp points out. “The overhead didn’t make sense with what we were trying to accomplish by trying to create a neighborhood community concept. So with all the new restaurants opening in the area, we decided to let the restaurants be the restaurants.”
With the extra space where the party room used to be, Kemp says they’ll build a kid salon. They hope to have that worked out by the end of the year. They already have retail available in the space where the cafe once operated.
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