Center City Latino Bakery Expanding into Second Location in East Allentown

 

 

ALLENTOWN,  Luis and Dalila Luna, owners of Luna’s Bakery, Allentown’s only family-owned bakery featuring Latino specialties, plan to open a second location with an eat-in café by late summer. The Lunas completed the purchase of their second location at 709 Union Boulevard in East Allentown on May 11.

Jeff Barber of Lehigh Financial Group LLC in Allentown helped the Lunas secure a Small Business Administration loan to finance the acquisition of real estate, new equipment and working capital for the new location, which will be called Luna’s Bakery and Café.

“Our customers are always asking us to open a larger bakery/café where they can sit down and eat our pastries, breads and sandwiches and that has ample parking,” Dalila Luna said. “Now we are.”

The new location will have eight tables where customers can dine in. It also will have parking for more than 20 cars. The location will be able to serve the Eastside of Allentown and the West Bethlehem area.

The menu at both bakeries will be the same and feature Puerto Rican favorites including quesitos (cream cheese pastries), pastelillos (turnovers) and Pan sobao or Pan de manteca (rubbed bread or lard bread). The bakeries also will sell cakes and Cuban sandwiches. All baking will be done on the premises.

The location on Union Boulevard had been a Dunkin’ Donuts and an ice cream shop before it closed. Ayon Codner, vice president at KW Commercial-The James Balliet Commercial Group in South Whitehall Township, was the real estate agent who represented the sale for the buyers and sellers.

Luna’s original location is at 1120 W. Linden Street. Both locations will be open seven days a week starting at 7 a.m. The closing hours for the second location have not been finalized.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Lehigh Financial Group, LLC is a leading source of innovative real estate capital solutions and financing options for commercial customers. The company, based in Allentown, serves the Lehigh Valley region by providing capital for businesses and investors locally, regionally and nationwide. For more information on Lehigh Financial Group LLC, please see our website at http://www.lehighfinancialgroup.com.

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Beth Orenstein