The Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish may be closing, but those craving chef French Bryan’s delicious poppy seed bread may, or may not, be deprived of that café favorite forever.
“We sell hundreds and hundreds of loaves of that bread,” said co-owner and hostess Taffy Tucker.
Since Bryan and Tucker announced the café’s closing, effective at 3 p.m. Dec. 22, patrons have been expressing their sorrow and also asking for the poppy seed bread recipe.
Tucker said the recipe is not for sale, but added that she and Bryan are considering some kind of specialty marketing option for the bread.
“That’s our unknown right now. What do we do with that famous poppy seed bread recipe,” she said.
Bryan and Tucker have been in the restaurant business for 43 years, both as husband and wife and, after divorcing, as business partners.
They owned and operated the restaurant portion of Deadwood’s Franklin Hotel for 30 years before the hotel sold to the Silverado Casino in 2005.
They opened The Bay Leaf in 1993 after buying and completely remodeling the old Queen City Hotel at 126 Hudson St. in downtown Spearfish.
Both plan to remain in Spearfish, but will take on different roles, perhaps volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Tucker and husband John Gould also plan to do some traveling, she said.
But what happens to the building once the Bay Leaf serves its last meal, Mediterranean cuisine, including fish flown in from the Red Lake Indian Reservation and local favorites including buffalo, elk and walleye?
Tucker said the building has been sold to the owner of a completely different style of restaurant that is set to open after the first of the year.
Tucker revealed the new owners, but attempts to reach them for confirmation and comment were unsuccessful in time for this column's deadline.
Tucker is sad to see The Bay Leaf come to an end, but thankful to see something completely different in its place, with a new culinary tradition to start.
“Everyone is sad to see we’re going, but it doesn’t ever work out when you think you can sell something and think it will still be similar,” she said.
Headlines Academy expands
Rapid City’s Headlines Academy, a fully-accredited beauty school offering programs in cosmetology, massage therapy, nail technology and esthetics, has expanded with the acquisition of Desaree & Company School of Beauty in Sturgis.
On Dec. 4, seven students from Desaree & Company joined the cosmetology class at Headlines Academy at 333 Omaha St. in Tuscany Square.
Desaree Dargatz, previous owner of Desaree & Company, also joined the staff at Headlines as an instructor, bringing decades of experience into her new role.
Headlines Academy was founded in 1981. It was originally located at the corner of Sixth and Main streets in downtown Rapid City.
“I’m so excited for this expansion and for all the positive growth it will bring for our industry,” said Peggy Sproat of Headlines Academy in a release.
According to the signs out front, Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is now open at 2205 N. Lacrosse St.
Owner Jose Vega has (almost) completed the transformation of the former TGI Friday’s into his fourth Guadalajara’s, joining locations in Pierre, Sioux Falls and Brookings.
A Mexican restaurant of the same name in Spearfish is under different ownership.
As of Friday, the spruced-up exterior sported temporary Guadalajara’s banner signage, with a pair of "Now Open" banners signaling a welcome to patrons and window-cling images of popular Mexican and domestic beverages hinting at the cuisine.