Something sweet recently opened at the Wilmington Riverfront.
Riverfront Bakery, located at 313 S. Justison St., opened on June 19 and is serving customers European-style pastries and baked goods, along with coffee drinks and quiches. Even with the pandemic dining restrictions, the business is seeing a positive response from customers who line up daily for freshly-baked items.
Riverfront Bakery is owned by Jeff Schwarz and Margo Gorschkova. The two live at the Riverfront and saw the need for a pastry shop.
“[It was] one thing that was missing,” Gorschkova says.
They began working on the concept last year and finally brought it to life this month. Gorschkova says from the start, neighbors and friends were enthusiastic about what they were bringing to the area.
“[We] still feel a lot of support,” she says.
Along the main strip of Justison Street, The Riverfront Bakery greets patrons with an open and modern bakery concept.
Clean white counters and glass display cases show off the made-this-morning pastry items. Modern light fixtures hang from the tall ceilings. And, as guests enjoy their treats at the wooden tables, they can get a peek at the baking process as Pastry Chef Lauren Malizia works behind tall, glass windows.
The couple found Malizia through one of their neighbors. Gorschkova says she thought Malizia’s specialty was cake decorating, but then discovered she could help bring the Riverfront Bakery image to life.
“She’s the best,” Gorschkova says.
Items like croissants, apple turnovers and fruit tarts grace the menu. The cafe also offers quiches, coffee and juice drinks. And don’t forget the Instagram-worthy items like crepes and the croissant donut or cronut.
Schwarz says they’re currently working with a limited menu and as people begin to work in the offices at the Riverfront again, they’ll expand with more lunch options like various quiches and salads.
The Riverfront Bakery is currently open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Schwarz says their weekday hours will also expand as workers return, opening at 7 a.m.
And Schwarz knows they’ll come. Even before the bakery announced its hours would begin at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. due to the decreased work traffic, he says people patiently waited outside for what Malizia was baking up that morning.
313 S. Justison St., Wilmington • 521-0550