GULFPORT, Miss. - 2019 Sun Herald’s People’s Choice Award winner Dolce Bakeshop has announced it will open its second location on September 11th in Gulfport. In addition to pastries and baked specialties, Dolce Café will offer a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as coffee and other hand-crafted beverages. Located at 1720 Pass Road, Dolce Café will share space with Bridal and Formal Boutique, House of Tux, and upscale consignment shop Back on the Rack.
During the grand opening, to be held during the week of September 11th, customers can enter to win hourly prizes, enjoy live music, as well as sample the southern-themed menu.
William and Brooke Rester, creators of the Dolce brand, have enjoyed great success in Long Beach with their “bakery by the sea” since 2017. When the opportunity to lease the café space inside Bridal and Formal Boutique came available, the decision to grow Dolce into a full scale eatery was a “no brainer” for the Resters. “We’ve always dreamed of Dolce becoming a destination for people all over the coast,” Brooke said. “Dolce Café will combine the warm, inviting atmosphere of the Bakeshop with the authentic flavors of the South. Where else can you stop in for a hand-crafted ginger ale and a short rib and pimento grilled cheese with a side of Hoppin’ John?”
Bridal and Formal Boutique owners Adrian and Chavus Holland are equally excited to be welcoming the Dolce group into their space. “We were aiming to bring something new to Gulfport to fill a void,” Holland said. “We found just that, with Chef William Rester and his made-from scratch creations. We have had the pleasure of taste testing his menu and we are absolutely excited for everyone else to enjoy his amazing plates of deliciousness soon.”
Much in the same way that Dolce Bakeshop strives to provide a scratch-baked experience for its customers, Dolce Café will go that extra mile, too. “When you dine at the Café, you’re eating meats roasted and sliced in house,” Chef Wiliam said. “Store-bought pickles? Sorry, not here. Each crispy cucumber, whether it becomes a dill or bread and butter, will be sliced by hand and canned in the classic southern style. Fresh soups and salads and dressings made in house from quality ingredients. Not a big meat eater? Don’t worry, you’ve got options, too.” And if you’re not hungry, you can simply grab a cup of Dolce Blend, roasted locally by Coast Roast.
With Dolce Bakeshop, Dolce Café and party and event space Gather, the Dolce group is quickly making a name for itself on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more information, visit the website at dolcebakes.net. You can also interact with Dolce Café and Dolce Bakeshop on Facebook or Instagram.