Downtown Oshawa just got sweeter.
Mad Café, the newest business on King Street celebrated its grand opening June 23.
Members of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the city of Oshawa including Mayor John Henry and Councillor Tito Dante-Marimpietri were on hand to hold the ribbon for the official opening of the café located at 38 King St. E. beside the Regent Theatre.
With live entertainment, balloons and whimsical pink decorations outside, a tiered stand full of mini cupcakes visible through the large front window lured customers indoors.
From vanilla and chocolate to red velvet, the tiny cupcakes were free to sample and a case full of their larger counterparts was available if the bite-size morsel wasn’t satisfying enough.
There are over 30 flavours of cupcakes including some unique twists like maple bacon, whiskey sour and pineapple upside down cake. And while cupcakes may be owner Madeleine Kassinger’s speciality, the menu also includes breakfast and lunch offerings as well as an extensive drink list.
With organic, hand packed tea and a regular quartet of coffee on brew the drink list also includes hot or iced lattes, espresso and frappuccinos for the more adventurous caffeine lovers.
Kassinger runs the front of the café, while her mother, Gabi Kassinger, prepares the menus using fresh, local ingredients in the kitchen with help from a herb garden in the front window.
“The food is as local and organic as possible. Nothing comes from a box and we’re not deep frying anything,” said Madeleine. “We’re also going to offer vegetarian and vegan items including alternative cupcakes like gluten free.”
The kitchen was busy on the grand opening, but the baristas at the front were moving just as quickly to serve the growing line.
City councillor Doug Sanders stopped by between committee meetings for some coffee.
“A lot of great things are happening downtown. This looks like a good, clean facility. Only time will tell, but I hope she’s successful,” said Sanders.
Story and images by Nathan MacKinnon