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Sweet McKinley's Bakery and Cafe in Fort Worth closes up shop

Sweet McKinley's Bakery and Cafe in Fort Worth closes up shop

McKinley's Fine Bakery and Cafe
They were known for their house-baked sweets and their chicken salad sandwich. Photo by Malcolm Mayhew

A Fort Worth bakery-cafe is shutting its doors: McKinley's Bakery and Cafe, which had been open at University Park Village for more than a decade, is closing, probably by the beginning of September.

The upscale shop specialized in baked goods, breakfast, and lunch, with gourmet sandwiches such as green chile pimento cheese and orange honey cranberry chicken salad. Desserts included amazing pies such as praline, Key lime, and peanut butter, and excellent muffins and cookies such as nubby oatmeal raisin.

Owner Stacey Rumfelt said on a Facebook post the bakery would not renew its lease, and blamed "the current environment" for making business untenable right now.

"For several reasons we have decided not to renew our lease at the University Park Village shopping center," she said. "One of those reasons is obvious – operating a small restaurant with a large dining room in a high rent retail area does not seem to be the best business strategy for us in the current environment."

She also said she wanted to dedicate some much-needed time to her family.

"I hope to enjoy this holiday season and focus on my family for the very first time," she said. "Our son is entering high school this fall and he will be gone soon! I feel I am missing it."

She called it a bittersweet moment, saying "I had hoped to prolong writing this as I continue to process the decision myself, but the cat is out of the bag now."

Her target date for closing is early September, depending on how much of her staff remains.

"My hope is to hold on with our current folks until Labor Day weekend," she said. "Closing earlier in the month of September will also give us some time to clear out our space."

She hinted that the bakery could resurface down the road, saying that their goal had always been to find a location where they could properly plan the space. "But for now, we are not in a rush," she said.

She also requested that customers give them a little room and refrain from a last-minute throng.

"Our kitchen team is now juggling the online orders in addition to the call-ins and walk-ins," she said. "They are operating in the same small kitchen space but with a thinner team."

"While we greatly appreciate the support, doing a rush on McKinley’s will not be fun (or safe!) for you or for us," she said. "If McKinley's has not been a part of your summer pandemic routine, then maybe now is not the time to start popping in. Or if you do, please enter with an abundance of patience and remember to social distance. We don't want to be crying for the wrong reasons in our last days at UPV together."