City Bakery, a wholesale artisan baking company, has opened a 5,000-square-foot baking operation at 2628 W. Birchwood Circle, Unit C in west Mesa. The company has invested $1.1 million in the facility and will employ 20 people.
“They’ve invested a lot here in Mesa,” said Bill Jabjiniak, Mesa’s director of economic development. “City Bakery opening here in west Mesa is very important to us.”
Michael Bortz, owner of City Bakery, said his company currently serves 150 restaurants in Denver and already has customers lined up across the Valley.
“I know the CEO of Snooze in Denver, who’s building more locations here, and we will continue to serve them and other restaurants we’ve worked with. So many of the independent restaurants in Denver we’re working with already are opening here,” Bortz said. “We work hard and hope to build the same trust here as we have in Denver. We’re very service oriented and don’t go out and solicit accounts, they come to us based on our reputation. I was a former chef, so I know how to do this and what these restaurants want and need.
“We’re (in Mesa) for good and are anxious to get going,” he continued. “The city of Mesa is really pro-business and we’re excited about this venture.”
City Bakery was founded in Denver, Colorado as a local, wholesale artisan bakery in 2007 by Bortz, who is a third-generation chocolatier. His family came to the U.S. from Germany in 1906 and founded the Bortz Chocolate Company in Reading, Pennsylvania. Bortz has an extensive and diverse background in the restaurant industry, most notably as the corporate chef and baker for Paradise Bakery and Café.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide great artisan breads and desserts to restaurants in Mesa and the greater Phoenix area. I worked for years in Scottsdale as executive baker for Paradise and love this community,” Bortz said. “We really like this location at the 101 and Broadway because it gives us easy access to everything.”
The new City Bakery facility in west Mesa will produce and distribute all natural, high-quality breads and pastries for restaurants, catering companies, coffee shops and food trucks across the Phoenix-Mesa metro area.
“I am thrilled to welcome City Bakery to District 3 and the city of Mesa,” Councilmember Ryan Winkle said. “This is a great addition to the Valley and I couldn’t be happier that they have chosen west Mesa as their home in Arizona.
“I’m glad to know fresh bread will be provided here and since I live close I’m looking forward to smelling it wafting toward my house,” he said.
City Bakery has been voted Best Bakery in Denver by Westword magazine and Best Dessert by Zagat. Additional owners of City Bakery are attorney Lisa Yacuzzo and real estate investor Jung W Kim.
“We have fostered a business-friendly environment for companies big and small here in Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “City Bakery is from Denver and they had a choice when selecting their next location and I am proud that they chose Mesa. We pride ourselves on being business friendly and we thank City Bakery for making a commitment to Mesa and we are committed to them.
“I can’t wait to enjoy all the great stuff to come out of City Bakery and you can’t beat this wonderful location they have by the freeway because they will be able to get anywhere,” Giles continued. “I know they’ll be successful and we’ll be celebrating an expansion for them in the future.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.