A Bakery That’s Back and Bigger Than EverFeatures Order of the Day
October 19, 2014
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
When Larry’s Bakery closed its storefront last June, the decision was bittersweet. After all, the family-run pastry shop had gained quite a loyal following throughout its nearly five decades of operation. But it wasn’t long before owner Iris Yafuso-Toguchi, daughter of the late Larry Yafuso, announced the bakery would soon return to its original shop on Lawehana Street.
Scheduled to reopen Nov. 1, Larry’s Bakery will surprise customers with a new layout.
“Before, people would order from our store window. This time around, we did a significant amount of renovation work in order to transform the space into an actual walk-in store,” says Yafuso-Toguchi.
Larry’s Bakery still offers everything from pies to specialty cakes and cookies. The bakery also will bring back savory favorites, including its lunch bentos and Spam musubi.
Dedicated to providing quality sweets perfect for any occasion, Larry’s Bakery continues to experiment with new recipes and ingredients in order to maximize flavor and extend shelf life.
“Our success is because we make everything from scratch and use fresh ingredients,” says Yafuso-Toguchi. “We also frequently attend farmers markets and special events to showcase new items.”
With the holiday season just around the corner, Larry’s Bakery invites all to try its various Halloween-themed doughnuts, such as Monster Donut ($1.75), a classically prepared. glazed doughnut decorated with either plastic fang teeth or toy fingers. Chocolate Glazed Donut ($1.50), stuffed with homemade chocolate-fudge frosting, is always a popular choice, as well as the shop’s Candy Bacon Donut ($2) topped with brown sugar, honey and chopped bacon.
“We take a lot of pride in the quality of our doughnuts and still follow my father’s original recipes,” says Yafuso-Toguchi. “Almost everything we use comes from Hawaii, so it is a treat to be able to support local businesses.”
In addition to the updated storefront, Larry’s Bakery remains an active participant at Kapolei and Pearl City Momilani farmers markets. “Even after our new store launches, we still want to have a strong presence at community events because it gives us a chance to interact directly with our customers in a unique setting,” explains Yafuso-Toguchi.
For the latest updates on Larry’s Bakery, customers may visit the shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages for details concerning the launch and applicable discounts.
4369 Lawehana St. (with additional locations at Kapolei Farmers Market and Momilani Farmers Market)
Open for orders by phone Wednesday–Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon