A couple with cafe management experience are launching their own bakery this month, Boston Restaurant Talk reported via the Arlington Advocate.
Magic Bites will make from-scratch treats, such as muffins, quick breads, quiches, eclairs, and "a sampling of Turkish desserts," though the Advocate notes the Turkey natives won't focus on their regional fare. "There are some other experts on making baklava, but we are not," owner Atilla Ozkeffli said. There will also be coffee, tea, specialty sandwiches, panini, salads, and Mediterranean dishes.
Ozkeffli is a trained engineer, but he managed a cafe owned by his father as a college student. His wife managed one of Ankara's largest cafes before the couple relocated to the U.S., according to the Advocate.
The Ozkefflis plan to expand Magic Bites gradually, adding seating and eventually ice cream after the targeted late August debut. Adding additional locations could also be in the company's future, the Advocate notes.
Situated at 916 Mass. Ave., the space most recently housed Za'atar and was also once home to Loukoumaki Bakery, Bella Moto, and Ye Old Bake Shoppe, BRT notes.
Magic Bites has a newly-launched Facebook page to keep an eye on as the cafe prepares to open.