By Marsha Sandman | CNA Media Team
Sugar Street Bakery and Bistro is new to Alberta Street, but owner and Concordian Darrell Hames is not new to feeding hungry customers. He’s been busy cooking, creating, catering, serving and even decorating cupcakes.
Years ago he lived in Los Angeles. There, he worked with a catering company that owned 20 wheeled kitchens that catered to the movie and TV industries, Disneyland and Hollywood special events. You may even have seen him cooking in the background on the Tom Arnold TV show.
Darrell said working in LA was too demanding for family time. So he returned to his Oregon roots in 1993 and opened a B&B in a restored Victorian home in Eugene.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Darrell also spent three years renovating an old stagecoach stop known as the Wolf Creek Inn in southern Oregon.
His next journey into delicious foods involved Café Yumm in Eugene, where he became a part owner. With his seemingly limitless energy and ambition, Darrell assisted Café Yumm franchisees throughout Oregon.
Again he felt the wheels were spinning too quickly for family life, so he settled in Portland, where he bought a catering company.
In 2011 Cookies, Cupcakes and More was born in a little kitchen in Oregon City. This was soon to be another success, so in 2015 Darrell moved his business to a larger building on southeast Water Street and renamed it Sugar Street Bakery & Bistro.
“What hasn’t changed is our commitment to high-quality gourmet food with down-to-earth customer service and prices,” Darrell pointed out.
Concordians can now enjoy Darrell’s offerings at 1405 N.E. Alberta St. In addition to lunch and pastries, Sugar Street Bakery caters weddings, including the wedding cakes.
“Our goal is to make your dream wedding cake without breaking your bank account,” Darrell said. “Come in and talk to our baker, and she will give you many options to choose from.”
The tasty menu at the Alberta Street Bistro includes sandwiches, salads, “heavenly” bowls and an assortment of cupcakes, cookies and treats. All takeout containers are bio-degradable.
To add to this deliciousness you will be greeted and served by the delightful Melissa Sanchez.
Bistro hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays noon-6 and Sundays noon-5. You can read more about Darrell, the restaurant and catering options at SugarStreetPortland.com.
After living east, south, north and west, Marsha Sandman is home at last. And she wants to hear your story. Contact her at MarshaJSandman@gmail.com.