When Susan Adamucci was having health concerns, her doctor suggested she go gluten-free. Within two weeks she was feeling better. The only problem was finding good gluten-free food options. That need inspired her to start her own business, Two Wheels Bakery, 435 Ellicott St., with Lisa Biggs.
The café opened in April and now the co-owners are serving up breakfast, lunch and more in the downtown area as they attract both gluten-free customers and those without any dietary concerns. Their goal is to serve food that tastes good to anyone who walks in the door. Adamucci shared their story over a gluten-free scone.
Question: How did your own health concerns inspire you to open Two Wheels?
Adamucci: When I went gluten-free, I continued to get better and better and realized there is a need in Buffalo for people to come and eat gluten-free. Our mission for people to bring their family and friends and everyone can enjoy the food, not just the gluten-free person. That became our bar to get to - that everyone would like the food here.
We mostly tested recipes on non-gluten-free people and if they said, “I can’t tell this is gluten-free,” then we knew we had a winner.
Q: Did you have a background in baking?
A: I baked. My mom is baker, not a professional, but she taught me how to bake since I was a little girl. But we had to teach ourselves how to bake gluten-free.
Q: Do you serve anything with gluten in it?
A: Everything here is gluten-free. This is a safe space. No gluten enters this space.
Q: How has the response been since you opened in April?
A: It’s been great since the second day. We’ve had a steady stream of people and more and more people are finding us.
Scones are the most popular. We’ve been selling those at Perks Café since February of 2016 so we knew we had a good product because they order every week. Our scones are very popular, and our cookies. We do cakes. We did a wedding cake with a great response and people love our granola.
Q: Besides baked goods, how are the menu items going over?
A: We serve breakfast and lunch with soups and sandwiches. We make two homemade soups a day and we have a vegan soup every day. We get people from downtown for lunch and the more people hear about us in the gluten-free community, they are coming to see us.
Q: How do plan to attract even more customers?
A: We’re working on a courtyard in the back with outdoor seating for this summer. There are beautiful trees - I don’t know of any other outdoor space like that.
We are putting together a catering menu that will be nice for the downtown area and we want to do more custom cakes and special orders. Hotel Henry is placing an order - that’s a big part of our business model - to start giving gluten-free options at other places.
INFO: Two Wheels Bakery & Café, 435 Ellicott St., Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Monday. Closed Sundays.