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Mehri's Bakery & Cafe celebrates 10 years on S.E. 52nd

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Baker, chef - and waitress - Mehri Gaspeed serves lunch to Jennifer, Syrah, and Dan Garbely at Mehris Bakery & Café.When Mehri Gaspeed saw the empty retail space on S.E. 52nd Avenue a decade ago, she decided it would make a good place to open a retail bakery.

“At the time, I was acting as a wholesale bakery to restaurants, making wedding cakes, and catering at a commercial kitchen,” Mehri told THE BEE on eve of her 10th anniversary in the location.

“Then, I saw the ‘For Lease’ sign on this building, and thought that this might be a good spot for me,” she added.

“We started out as a bakery. Then people kept coming in wanting breakfast and lunch, until we finally changed the name, making it a bakery and a café!”

Her shop is well known to cops, Mehri admitted – but not because it is a trouble spot. “They like it here; we make them feel welcome. They come in and have their coffee, and maybe a pastry. We like to have them; it helps us feel safe.”

In addition to traditional breakfast and lunch fare, she’s also known for Persian cuisine.

Even though making food and serving customers in the café keeps her busy, Mehri said, she still serves wholesale accounts. “And, I still do a lot of event catering, and wedding cakes.”

Countless neighborhood events and charities have benefitted from Mehri’s generously; she provides snacks, pastries, and cookies for numerous events. “My community supports me, it’s only natural for me to help them,” she commented.

But the best part for her in the past ten years has been,“We have wonderful customers!”

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Mehri's Bakery & Café

6923 SE 52nd Ave.

503/788-9600

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