Huntington is losing another bakery, but when Kiss My Cake slings its last macaron this weekend, it will only be a temporary goodbye — at least for their French meringue-based cookies.
The bakery at 387 New York Ave. will close at 5 p.m. Sunday after seven years in business, said Maryann Santoro, who owns the bakeshop with her sister, Deborah. In the spring, the space will become the second location of Soul Brew, a busy St. James coffee shop and cafe — but the Santoros will still be in the house, making batches of macarons for sale in both Soul Brew locations, as well as cold-pressing fruit, greens and veggies for a new juice business.
Kristin Walsh, who co-owns the two-year-old Soul Brew with partners Nicole and Jeff Petrocelli, said they had been looking for a second spot "all over the island." They zeroed in on Huntington as an ideal community for their concept of a cafe serving not only coffee and tea but breakfast and lunch against a backdrop of artwork and occasional live music. "We really hit it off with the Santoros," said Walsh, and were thrilled that they wanted to keep baking in the new location. "We're kind of becoming this big family."
In addition to producing macarons, the Santoros will continue to bake cakes, too, and their cold-pressed juices will eventually be delivered within Huntington. Key to the decision to pivot their business was the 2017 death of their father, Pat "Pop" Santoro, who helped found and run Kiss My Cake, as well as the birth of a baby for Maryann Santoro a few weeks later. The events compelled the Santoros to re-evaluate their mission. "We felt like the things that we wanted going forward were, so to speak, to better the world and help people get healthy," Santoro said.
Walsh said that the menu at the smaller Huntington location will mirror that of St. James, and coffee will still come from Brooklyn's Stone Street Roastery. Because of the smaller digs, though, there will be no table service in Huntington. "It will be more of a grab-and-go setup," said Walsh. The target opening date is April.