By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Leske’s Bakery, the legendary sweet shop in Bay Ridge, will open a second store in Park Slope, giving residents of that community the chance to enjoy butter cookies, cheesecakes, black and white cookies, Danish pastries and other delicious treats.
The new Leske’s Bakery will open at 588 Fifth Ave., near 16th Street, on Feb. 12.
Park Slope customers will be treated to special red and black, a Valentine’s Day version of Leske’s famous "black and white” cookies, and free coffee, tea and hot chocolate on opening day.
Leske’s will also continue a tradition started at the Bay Ridge shop – free coffee and tea to customers every day from 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Leske’s Bakery has been a beloved institution for 51 years, selling Scandinavian desserts and quintessential New York confections to generations of customers.
The desserts that have become synonymous with the Leske’s Bakery include: Scandinavian kringle, seven layer cookies, rye bread, Irish soda bread, and almond croissants, black out cake, breads, and rolls. Along the way, new favorites have emerged from Leske’s kitchen, including spongy crème filled Hostess inspired Twinkies and hard chocolate iced crème-filled chocolate cupcakes.
Leske’s display cases will be full of fresh baked Valentine’s Day treats sure to attract Cupid’s arrow like Pwinkies (pink Twinkies), romantic red velvet cakes, heart shaped raspberry kringles, red velvet checkerboard cakes, black & reds, cupcakes and more.
The Bay Ridge Leske’s location was brought back from the dead last year. The shop’s original owners closed in 2011. Kenneth Grande and Steven DeSimone are childhood friends who grew up in line at Leske’s, bought the bakery, and re-opened the store at 7612 Fifth Ave last August after the shop had been closed for 18 months.
For more information, visit the bakery’s website at www.leskesbakery.com. The phone number for the Bay Ridge shop is 718-680-2323.