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Wildflower Restaurant: Blossoming in New Location

The newest of the popular Wildflower Bread Company’s restaurants will have its grand opening Tuesday, Sept. 11, at its new location at the Prescott Gateway Mall on Hwy 69.

It is replacing the smaller one being closed in the interior of the mall.

Manager Makayla Clay said she and her staff are excited about showing off the contemporary facility with its large modern kitchen, expanded seating and huge parking lot.

“I can promise existing customers and the new ones we expect that our service will be great and the food even better,” she said.

To accommodate anticipated larger crowds, Clay and her team are hiring another 10 or so employees, bringing staff numbers up to approximately 40 full-time workers.

The new restaurant will seat more than 150 people. The south-facing patio area has heaters, so that even in the winter, customers can sit outside.

Wildflower hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Food selections are varied throughout the day.

New items added to the menu, Clay said, include wine and draft beer.

“What we’re really pleased with is that 80 percent of the people who come here are repeat customers. It’s not unusual that we have anywhere from 225 to 300 guests daily. We must be doing something right,” she said with a smile.

Apparently so. One of those guests is Prescott resident Brenda Favier. “Everything I’ve ever had at Wildflower is great. I’m so glad the new restaurant has more seating and better parking, for almost every time I have been there, the place is busy.”

“One thing I order every single time I go is chopped salad,” said Lynn Penner. “The little bits of crunchy dried corn are like healthy croutons. Also, Wildflower is great about catering. Groups I work with have used them many times for lunches. The food is always plentiful and fresh.”

Clay said the kitchen will be several times larger than the one they currently occupy. “Given the number of meals we fix daily, combined with all the bread and pastries we bake, we really value having more working space.”

She says more than 200 loaves of bread are baked daily.

Leftovers Do Not Go to Waste

Leftover bread or other unused food items are donated to local organizations such as the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter (PAWS), churches and other charitable groups. “That’s part of our local mission – to give back to the community that supports us.”

Only three Wildflower restaurants are outside the Phoenix area: one in Flagstaff, one in Sedona and one in Prescott. QCBN

 By Ray Newton, QCBN

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