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    #JaneIsBack – Sweet Lady Jane Bakery is Making a Comeback

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    Everyone loves a comeback story, and Sweet Lady Jane, the beloved bakery chain that abruptly closed all six of its locations in 2023, is set to serve its loyal customers with a comeback under new ownership.

    “After 35 years, we are closing our doors. Our last day of business was December 31, 2023,” read a statement on the bakery’s social media platforms at the end of last year. “We did not come to this decision lightly nor quickly. While the support and loyalty of our customers have been strong, sales are not enough to continue doing business in the state of California, allowing us to service our lease obligations and pay our treasured employees a living wage without passing those costs directly on to you.”

    Now, Eater has confirmed that Sweet Lady Jane, boasting a 35-year legacy in Southern California, was independently acquired in mid-February. The bakery’s new owner, Julie Ngu, CEO of Pacific French Bakery with four locations across Southern California, plans to reopen all outlets, including those in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Encino, San Fernando, and the location they call West Hollywood, even though it is technically in the City of Los Angeles.

    A representative for Sweet Lady Jane’s former owner verified that Ngu acquired the bakery’s intellectual property, recipes, branding, website, social media handles, and equipment. Ngu, along with her family, purchased the business on February 16, 2024.

    A centerpiece of Sweet Lady Jane’s offerings was its signature Triple Berry cake, a three-layer yellow butter cake filled with lightly sweetened whipped cream and three varieties of fresh berries. Ngu expressed her commitment to maintaining the bakery’s legacy, stating, “I want as many people to have access to the Triple Berry cake.”

    Following the closure, former owners of Sweet Lady Jane were confronted with a class-action lawsuit alleging wage theft by an employee. The lawsuit, reported by the Los Angeles Times on January 13, 2024, will be handled through the California court system, with no obligation assumed by the bakery’s new owner regarding past actions or debts.

    Eater reports that Ngu’s vision for Sweet Lady Jane includes honoring its past while infusing new energy into the brand. She recently spoke with Lockhart, the bakery’s founder, who offered guidance and support.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    KoWeho
    KoWeho
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    4 months ago

    It’s great to see this and have a baker own it, not an equity group (who bought it from the original owner).

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    4 months ago

    Wow, look at all these dessert shops opening in and around West Hollywood!

    It must be possible to operate successfully in California/Los Angeles!

    (contrary to statements made by wage-stealing losers)

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    4 months ago

    This is great news. Hopefully Julie will be very successful.

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