Sadie Russo has a serious sweet tooth. So serious, in fact, that she changed careers entirely in 2012, relinquishing a job as an environmental consultant to take over La Patisserie Francaise, a French bakery in Arvada. Now she's launching her second, more ambitious concept with BonBons Cafe and Dessert Bar on Saturday, August 17.
Even in her previous career, the one-time scientist just couldn't stay away from the kitchen. Not content to turn out plain-Jane cakes and cookies, she enrolled in cake-decorating courses online and at Jo-Ann craft stores, eventually competing in Colorado's annual sugar art contest, Sweet Times in the Rockies. And she took on perhaps the most important job at her office: making all the birthday cakes for her co-workers. "I thought, 'This is way more fun,'" remembers Russo. "I saw how [my cakes] brought smiles to the faces of people around me."
The same kind of serendipity followed Russo when she was looking for a site for her second venture, BonBons Cafe and Dessert Bar. Originally, she'd hoped to open a spot near the couple's home in Westminster, but when that didn't pan out, she relegated the idea of another concept to the back burner. Then came a stint on the Modern Eater radio show and a meeting with the folks at Bruz Beers. The next time Sadie and Randy stopped in for a pint at the brewery, at the intersection of West 67th Avenue and Pecos Street in Denver's newish Midtown development, a bartender mentioned the vacant turnkey location next door that came complete with all the equipment Russo would need to run a small cafe — and suddenly BonBons had a home.
And while Russo originally conceived of BonBons as an evening spot, she says neighborhood demand led to the decision to open its doors bright and early, at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays. There's not another coffee shop within five miles, she notes, and she wants to be able to showcase the croissants, cinnamon rolls and breakfast pastries that the Arvada location makes. BonBons won't close up shop until 10 p.m., but Russo knows that people expect a bakery to open for breakfast, too. "Hey, I'm a baker," she says, and laughs. "Early is what I do."
BonBons Cafe and Dessert Bar is located at 1675 West 67th Avenue. Starting August 17, the cafe will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find out more by calling 720-845-2186 or on the BonBons website.