As Original Location Closes, Angry Baker Gets Happy Spin
After eight and a half years in business, The Angry Baker announced today that it would be closing its doors in Olde Towne East. The bakery and restaurant, opened by entrepreneur Victoria Hink, was one of the first of a wave of businesses to launch on Oak Street in the past decade, and had remained popular with the lunch and brunch crowds.
“We want to thank our regulars, friends and those who patronized us over the past 9 years. It was a pleasure to serve you all,” read a brief message posted on social media by the main Angry Baker OTE account.
Over the years, the business had branched out with several new locations. The second bakery opened on King Avenue in 2016 and a third location focusing more on cakes and pastries was opened in 2017 on High Street in the University District through a co-ownership arrangement with Angry Baker manager Erin Hall.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own bakery so I jumped on the opportunity,” stated Hall about the 2017 partnership expansion. “Fast forward a year and a half and we got the opportunity to open the coffee shop in Upper Arlington, taking over the space from the previous shop, Purple Sage. So I took that on and was running both the bakery and coffee shop.”
The King Avenue location closed after two years in 2018, and just a few months ago, Hall and Hink ended their partnership at the two remaining expansions, which were rebranded as “Happy Little Treats” as of yesterday.
“Since our locations were no longer affiliated, it only made sense for me to change the name my locations,” explained Hall. “The name was actually a submission from a survey. I was stumped on names, and loved it when I read it. Everyone always comes in and says that we don’t seem angry, so I think Happy Little Treats is a little more fitting.”
While the original Angry Baker stores first launched with a handful of meat-topped sandwiches, it was always known for its very vegan-friendly and vegetarian-friendly menus. Gradually, the switch was made to remove meat from the menu, and the two remaining shops now known as Happy Little Treats have made the switch to 100% vegan about a year ago.
“Don’t let that scare you if you’re not vegan,” said Hall. “Our stuff is delicious for vegans and non-vegans alike.”
In the short term, Hall is developing some new savory breakfast and lunch items at the Upper Arlington location, with eventual plans to update the High Street location to be more of a “coffee shop / study lounge.”
“That will be a little more down the road though,” she added.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HappyLittleTreatsBakery/.