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Blue Bonnet Bakery gets a new home

Posted 4:31pm on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Think you don't like change? Think it's wrong to fool with an icon?

But what if it's all for the better? That's the deal at the new Blue Bonnet Bakery location in Fort Worth.

Mike and Jen Hart wouldn't put their staff (and themselves) through the misery of a move at the holidays just for fun. But after a busy Thanksgiving weekend and sleepless Monday night, the Harts have reopened in a beautiful new space at 4705 Camp Bowie Blvd., next to the Original.

We visited Tuesday morning and found that other than the expanded space -- with more of everything good -- nothing has changed.

Since 1934, Fort Worth families have found sweet pleasures in every trip to Blue Bonnet Bakery. Owned by the Harper family until the Harts took over more than a decade ago, Blue Bonnet has been the west-side's go-to place for birthday cakes, holiday pies, party cookies and everyday breads for generations.

This summer, the Harts found a new home, a pretty 1922 church building that, once renovated, gives them more room for cake-baking and a better overall flow to the kitchens and to the retail and dining areas. Moving from 5,000 square feet to 7,600 square feet means more business for everyone.

There's a better parking situation, too: You park in a lot off Kenley and walk into the bakery's coffee area and shopping display section. Right now, it's loaded to the rafters with Christmas platters, napkins, decorations and gifts. A few feet beyond, the bakery cases are on your left and seating - much of it in re-fashioned church pews - is on the right. There's additional seating straight ahead in the former altar area, now covered in abundant holiday decor.

Pies for the holidays include pecan, coconut, lemon, apple, buttermilk, pumpkin, chocolate, banana, cherry, egg custard and lemon chess. The chocolate fudge and Italian cream cakes are really good, too, as are gingerbread men and decorated sugar cookies. And starting Wednesdsay, Blue Bonnet will sell the winning cookie in the Star-Telegram's annual Very Merry Cookie Challenge, with all proceeds benefiting the Goodfellows Fund.

If you're not lining up for Danish pull-aparts and cinnamon monkey bread in the morning, be sure to go by at lunch for the chicken salad sandwiches and daily soups.

Blue Bonnet is open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

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