East County News Service
July 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Bakery, 3308 Main Street on the corner of Pacific Street, will hold a grand opening on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the rebirth of the city's famous 1912 Mission Revival store under its new name and ownership. All are invited to the grand opening to enjoy a formal program at 10 a.m. followed by live music, face-painting, hula hoop contests, historical photo display, photo opportunities with dignitaries, the marines and pals in front of the building and mural, history hand-outs about the building and environs, and plenty of free samples including cupcakes that are just the right size for children.
“The new owner, Burton Foods LLC, Major Talisin Burton, president, bought the building in 2016 and is keeping its historical charm, allowing the Lemon Grove Historical Society to keep and maintain its award-winning Lemon Grove History Mural on the Pacific Street wall, and bringing back delicious, baked-on-site delicacies and coffee to the middle of town right across from The Big Lemon,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society.
Major Burton is active duty USMC Camp Pendleton, a former helicopter pilot (now a flight instructor), and works with three retired USMC comrades in the business: vice president Frank Garner, Gregory Dono and Russell Chaby. All have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Together, they have labored over many months to upgrade the infrastructure of the former Grove Pastry Shop, and bring their years of experience with restaurants, bakeries and customer service to the home of The Big Lemon.
Baked goodies range from local specialties such as lemon bars and lemon cakes to cupcakes, Danish, donuts, cookies and more.