UPTOWN — The owners of Baker and Nosh are not giving up on their big plans.
The bakery was in the process of constructing its Edgewater location and moving its Uptown location a block away before the 4600 N. Manolia Ave. venture was hit with a stop work order.
Now, the owners have begun a GoFundMe campaign to fund both projects.
"If you have been following us on Facebook or reading about our situation in the news, it has been a tough couple months. We have struggled to search for loans and investments to help finish our construction nightmares. The reality of our current state has left us in terrible doubt about the future of our bakery," the post reads.
The GoFundMe is attempting to raise $650,000 for the projects, adding that "tremendous support" has kept them going though the large sum is a "humbling request." As of Wednesday afternoon the campaign had raised $1,185.
"We are committed to our continued presence in Uptown on the corner of Magnolia and Wilson, and our strong desire to be part of the community in Edgewater with our flagship operation," the post reads.
In a message posted on its Facebook page on March 29, owners said with a "mixture of sadness and excitement" they were unexpectedly closing in order to spend time prepping for a transition into two new locations it had announced back in January of 2016: at 4600 N. Magnolia Ave. in Uptown and at 5600 N. Ridge Ave. in Edgewater.
In Edgewater, the bakery was set to open a much bigger location and replace the former El Norte restaurant, and owners released ambitious renderings of the inside.