The adorable black-and-white awning and gold letters on the front window proved to be a warm welcoming to sweets-craving Brooklynites, as evidenced by the hand-written “Sorry, Sold Out!” sign in the window.
The opening day went so well, Buttermilk Bakeshop to close four hours early due to a lack of products.
Katie Rosenhouse, chef and owner, was not only thrilled by the successful opening but also daunted by the amount of baking she had to do for the next eight hours after closing.
“It was a great feeling to actually sell something,” Rosenhouse said on opening day. “It was like, ‘Wow, we’re open, and we’re selling something.’ It was pretty amazing.”
Her post-opening feelings were dramatically different from her emotions the night before, which consisted of “fear” and “lots of freaking out,” although one would never believe Rosenhouse could experience fear when it comes to the culinary arts, based on her impressive resume.
The International Culinary Institute graduate has worked in numerous reputable restaurants including The Russian Tea Room, Bouley, Country and the David Burke restaurant group.
She won a culinary contestant on the Food Network television show, “Sweet Genius” in 2011, earning her $10,000. Despite her lofty credentials, Rosenhouse keeps it friendly, simple and, more importantly, sweet in her bakery.
In a neighborhood full of kids, playgrounds, daycares and schools, Buttermilk Bakeshop’s menu and built-in chalkboard just for kids are perfect additions.
“While creating the bakeshop, I wanted to make it really kid-friendly and make food that everyone in the family would like,” she said. “Not outside-of-the-box foodie stuff.”
Conveniently located next to the 7th Avenue F train stop, people from all over the city can easily visit Buttermilk Bakeshop. The only possible issue? Snagging the baked goods before they all run out.