SOUTHINGTON - Father and son cooking duo Jose and Hector Delgado opened Flair Restaurant last March on Main Street and now they are getting ready to open a new bakery, Mix Fine Cakes & Pastries.
Hector Delgado and his son, Jose, have been working hard for the past six months to renovate the former bank building next to their restaurant at 98 Main St. They are aiming to open in the next couple weeks, once final town approvals are completed.
“The old building was all offices, which we turned into an open space,” said Jose Delgado. “We took out the old rug and put in a tile floor and we redid the entrance.”
Mix Fine Cakes & Pastries will be making cakes for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays as well as pastries prepared fresh daily.
“At Flair, we have a menu with about 20 items on it and we do everything in house,” said Jose Delgado. “We make all of our food and desserts from scratch and butcher our own meat and prepare everything fresh daily. With Flair, we didn’t push catering, but we did make cakes if people asked us to. This new area will be dedicated to making cakes and pastries.”
Jose Delgado said that, since opening Flair, customers have enjoyed this dedication to fresh-made food. Two of the restaurant’s more popular items are “Hector’s Mac and Cheese,” which is made with lobster, shrimp, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes and asparagus and roasted jalapeno puree; and pistachio cranberry crusted chicken, which is made with lemon caper sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Hector Delgado had been a pastry chef for 10 years before Jose Delgado graduated from the University of Connecticut and the two decided to open Flair Restaurant. Jose Delgado said that his father had always wanted to work in a pastry shop. He encouraged people to stop by when the bakery opens and to give it a chance.
“I can assure you that, while we won’t have a thousand items on the menu, everything we do will be made in house,” said Hector Delgado. “We will have pastries from Italy, France, Portugal and more. There will be fresh croissants and danishes made daily. The best pastry in Southington is going to be our French cruller bun.”
Mix Fine Cakes & Pastries will have WiFi when it is up and running and the menu will include gluten-free options.
Mix Fine Cakes & Pastries’ website, currently under construction, will be mixsouthington.com. This should be up and running within a week, along with Facebook and Instagram pages, which people will be able to find by searching “Mix Fine Cakes and Pastries.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.