For Old Towne baker Marty Colleary, getting back into the restaurant business is a piece of cake.
Marty, who currently owns Creative Cakes in Old Towne and previously ran a popular café and bakery in Villa Park, has just opened a new restaurant on North Tustin called Colleary’s Bistro & Bakery. Known for his famous white-chocolate curl cake, Marty is equally adept at preparing delicious, homemade Italian food, as evidenced by his new restaurant located in the Target shopping center across from Orange Mall.
For breakfast, Colleary’s Bistro & Bakery features items such as Italian Eggs Benedict and Lemon Ricotta Italian Pancakes. The lunch menu highlights fresh Italian pastas, salads and soups like homemade tomato-basil bisque.
“I was looking around the area to get back into the restaurant business, because I enjoy the community so much,” says Marty. “When this space opened up, it was perfect. The produce is from local vendors and all the recipes are mine.”
Open seven days a week beginning at 7 am, the bistro is gearing up for nightly dinner service Tuesdays through Saturdays as soon as the liquor license is complete. The dinner menu will include fresh seafood and pasta, chicken dishes and savory entrées served with homemade Italian sauces.
As he did for his daughter’s shop, CocoRose, in Old Towne Orange, Marty has put his interior design skills to good use, creating a warm, bistro-like feeling in the space and showcasing original art by his sister-in-law, an accomplished artist from New York. He also added a community bulletin board in the back for local non-profits to promote their events.
The family-friendly restaurant is already attracting a loyal following.
“It’s so much fun to see the overwhelming number of friends and patrons coming into the restaurant to see what we’re doing,” says Marty. “My former employees from the old restaurant wanted to come back and work for us. We’re all like family. The warm welcome from the community has been terrific.”
Published in the May/Jun 2014 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Mike Escobedo
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