The Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe is a new addition to the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. Owners Shirin Soroushian (far right) and Michka and Drew Hoffos (second from left and third from right) also own a cafe in Sabre Springs. (photo by Hoyt Smith)
Nutmeg Bakery and Café is now open
Owners of Nutmeg Bakery and Café have chosen this family-friendly community to open its second family restaurant, even as they prepare to expand their family as well.
Following a year of planning and preparation, Drew Hoffos; his wife, Michka; and her mother, Shirin Soroushian; are finally serving customers at their new Nutmeg Bakery and Café location in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace where Pick Up Stix was once located.
The ideal corner space in the heavily trafficked retail center is their second location. It is east of the Vons grocery store and west of Public House 131. The entrepreneurial trio has owned and operated another café by the same name – just three miles away in Sabre Springs – for close to seven years now.
“We love the Scripps Ranch neighborhood,” Drew said. “It’s a super family-oriented, tight knit community.”
Drew, Michka and Shirin had been looking to expand their business for a while and had scouted dozens of locations before they were approached by their new landlord.
“It took some negotiations, and there were a few delays, but then everything just fell into place,” Drew said. “It’s a bold step forward. Since we do wholesale baking, this gives us more space to expand.”
According to Michka, she, her husband and mother had outgrown their 2,000-square-foot Sabre Springs location. They doubled the size of that café four years ago to accommodate increased business, but soon decided that they would require even more space.
Michka and Drew will soon be doubling their number of children as well. Michka is about seven months pregnant and is due with their second child in November.
“I’m ready for the challenge,” she said. “I work well under pressure and Since Drew and I got married, we’ve always been busy.”
Having a business partner who is also a grandmother helps a lot. Soroushian said she, Drew and Michka have “always operated as a team.” Originally an accountant who wasn’t happy with her job, she has been the visionary for Nutmeg Café and Bakery.
A former resident of Italy, Soroushian possesses a passion for baking and a taste for fine food developed over 20 years amid the panetterias, cucinas and bistros of Bologna. That has resulted in an emphasis on quality, she said, and an effort to seek locally grown, environmentally friendly ingredients wherever possible.
“We believe in our product,” she said.
The Nutmeg Bakery and Café serves cuisine that appeals to a broad variety of diners, including vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and those who require gluten-free or dairy-free items on the menu. Soroushian said that because of the restaurant’s family atmosphere, the staff often feel like family too.
“I think that’s why many of our employees have been around for four or five years,” she explained.
Michka, a former interior designer, runs the front of the restaurant and is responsible for the ambience and décor. Drew, a former high-end chef, runs the kitchen. Their new restaurant will serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends.
For more information, visit nutmegsd.com.