Having outgrown their shared kitchen space at Kitchen Chicago and to keep up with demand, Flirty Cupcakes' owners are getting ready to open up a bakery. Husband and wife team Tiffany Kurtz and Chris Sewall will open Flirty Cupcakes Dessert Garage on Taylor Street in the coming weeks; they're currently awaiting final inspections and permits from the city.
When it arrives, hopefully the first week of February, they plan to open daily between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to offer their signature cupcakes (Devil in Disguise, Curious George, PB&C, etc), and a lot more. Kurtz said they're going to have Alterra Coffee and milk shots to go with pies, tarts, brownies, cookies, cake pops, muffins and breads. And due to their popularity when served on the truck, Kurtz and Sewall will make their pop tarts a signature focus. They'll have seasonal fruit pop tarts and a breakfast pop tart with spinach and feta or goat cheese.
The 1,400 square-foot shop sits on a corner at the more quiet, quaint end of Taylor Street where the Original Five BBQ restaurant used to be. The shop will have some tables and chairs for people to hang out and will be outfitted with an industrial chic vibe with cement floors, exposed brick, retro industrial lighting and Flirty's pink and brown color scheme. They'll add a walk-up window in the spring and plan to have curbside service as well. Kurtz said with the foot traffic from the nearby hospitals and the UIC campus, they think it's a great location.
The Flirty Cupcakes truck will still hit the streets five days a week and, with its growing popularity, opening a storefront now makes sense. "We get a lot of people asking where our storefront is because they can't make it to the truck," Kurtz said. "We felt it was time and if we wanted to grow we needed the space the do that."