[Editor's note: This story has been updated since Celebrity Bakery's closure.]
Celebrity Bakery, the nearly 27-year institution in Highland Park Village, will not stay open through the holidays, as previously reported. It closed a few days before Thanksgiving.
The bakery is best known -- beloved, really -- for its iced sugar cookies, flavored iced tea and cranberry chicken salad. But the Celebrity name lost some of its sparkle over the years, new CEO Brian Livingston says: The staff was rude. The cookies weren't fresh.
"A lot of people quit coming to us because they had a bad experience," he says. "What we have to do is get them back in here so we can get another chance."
"And the holidays are great for that."
The new store is 1,400 square feet -- nearly twice the size of the tiny, two-story Celebrity Bakery in Highland Park Village.
Now located on Oak Lawn Avenue in the Shops at Highland Park, the bakery shares a parking lot with restaurants Carbone's, TJ's Seafood and new Mexican-French place Madrina.
Livingston says the new Celebrity will serve more coffee -- espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. (Some of those were sold at the Highland Park Village location, but "we didn't really emphasize it because we weren't really good at it," Livingston says.)
The shop will sell bakery items like iced sugar cookies and holiday pies, as well as sandwiches, wraps, salads and grab 'n go lunch and dinner items. The iced tea, which some customers purchased daily from the Highland Park original, is now available by the jug or as loose tea. Livingston is trying to save people from carting 12 jugs to their car before a party or family get-together.
Celebrity Bakery lets go of some history by moving out of Highland Park Village, yes. Livingston points out: The new one isn't so far away.
4260 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoycelebrity.com.