For this week’s stop on the Restaurant Road Trip, we will take you to a bakery in Cairo that started out small, but is continuing to grow.
“My mother was a baker. My grandmother baked. They always made the cookies. The homemade cookies and stuff, so I guess we always had homemade cookies, you know, and homemade pies, and homemade bread, and it’s just something that I like to do,” said Kay Mullenix, owner of Pastry and Petals Restaurant and Bakery.
Mullenix has been selling her baked goods to the community in Historic Cairo for nearly two years. It started out as selling baked goods and gifts out of a shop down the street and now she has branched out.
“It’s kind of escalated now. We’ve moved to a different location. Bigger. Now we’ve got the restaurant and the bakery, and it’s been nice for the community, I think, and I enjoy it,” said Mullenix.
Kay’s specialty is her sweet treats.
“I’ve just always like to bake. All of our cookies here are made from scratch. I use the same recipe. Carrot cake is one of our biggest sellers. It’s made from scratch. And we try to keep everything in small batches. So sometimes we do run out, but it’s always fresh,” said Mullenix.
Baked goods aren’t the only thing on the menu. Kay serves everything from salads, burgers, and country fried steak, which is one of the biggest sellers. Every Friday and Saturday, hot and fresh pizzas are served.
“The staff is always really nice. It’s always fun to see Kay. She comes out and talks to you and makes sure all of your food’s great. I’m known for, I come here almost everyday for lunch, and I always get a cheeseburger and french fries. They always know when I come in and they already know, ‘do you want your cheeseburger?’, ” explained Shelby Weder, a regular customer at Pastry and Petals.
The community has been very supportive of Kay every step of the way. She recently received a grant through a Launchpad contest for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
“I won, a $5,000 dollar grant. The community came out and they voted for me. They went to Parkersburg and voted for me and stuff, and they’ve really been supportive. They’re wonderful,” said Mullinex.
“They’re baked goods are really really, yummy. So, I think that the peanut butter fudge is probably my favorite for that,” said Mary Carpenter, Customer.
Pastry and Petals is located at 289 Main Street in Cairo, West Virginia
The restaurant hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Keep updated on the latest specials at Pastry and Petals on their Facebook Page.