Utah-based bread specialist Kneaders Bakery Cafe is opening its third Colorado location in Arvada this Friday. Kneaders was founded in Utah in 1997 by Gary and Colleen Worthington and the company has been slowly spreading since then, with 34 other cafes in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado and Texas. James Worthington, CEO and son of the founders, says "Kneaders is built on the premise of baking great bread."
Kneaders bread contains only flour, water, salt and yeast and is baked in hearthstone ovens imported from Verona, Italy. While the company started with traditional European-style loaves, other menu items have been added along the way. One of those is Colleen Worthington's chunky cinnamon bread, which is used to make the company's signature French toast. In celebration of the opening, the Arvada Kneaders will give away French toast to the first 100 customers on Friday, June 26.
In addition to bread baked fresh daily, the menu also includes a full range of hot breakfast items like omelets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches; soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch; and plenty of pastries, pies, cakes and sweet rolls for dessert.
James Worthington explains that the Kneaders empire is built from both corporate-owned and franchised stores, but that franchise operators — Arvada's franchisee will be Colton Stacy — also have an ownership stake in the business and must work for Kneaders for at least a year before becoming an operator.
"We're grateful to be able to be part of Arvada and serve some great food," Worthington adds.
Kneaders will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.