MORELAND HILLS, Ohio - Six years after launching in Cleveland Heights, Bridget Thibeault's popular Luna Bakery and Cafe is preparing to open its second location. The new shop in Moreland Hills at 34105 Chagrin Blvd. is on track to open in May.
The space is 2,800-square-feet, the same as the Cleveland Heights location since its 2016 expansion. They aim to have around the same seating for 75, including indoor and outdoor. The new location is a total gut job renovation as Luna transforms a former salon into the new cafe.
With an entirely new kitchen, that means even more room to expand Luna's menu in ways that weren't possibly in the constraints of the historical Cleveland Heights building. It will continue to balance bakery - from croissants to sugar cookies to macarons - with light, fresh lunch offerings like paninis, soups and salads.
"The biggest thing for us has just been how fast we grew, and there's been such a demand for the food we're offering," Thibeault says. "The bakery is all scratch-made, and when it comes to food, it's just fresh and natural and good quality. It was interesting to me how much the business took off on the food side. People just wanted a place to go to lunch and gather and have meetings without a huge price point."
Thibeault is looking to add to the menu with offerings like "green bowls and healthy breakfast options and more snacks." An avid traveler, she's pulling inspiration from time spent in places like Austin, Phoenix and San Francisco.
"On the West Coast, everything is so fresh and natural and about healthy eating and getting back to your roots," Thibeault says. "In Cleveland, a lot of fine dining restaurants are doing that, but there aren't a lot of places like that to just grab lunch."
She saw that demand, and a chance to fill a need, in the Moreland Hills location.
"People from the area would come into Luna maybe once a month, and they'd say, there's nothing out there for a casual lunch and a good cup of coffee or to pick up pastry for a meeting," Thibeault says. "I want to be a local neighborhood place you can hang out, and I want it to have a lot of character."
Over the years, Luna has also built a thriving catering and wholesale business along with a cake shop. The cakes will be sold at the new location as well.
The tentative May opening lands them in an already bustling time for their business, a height of graduation parties and the weather warming up.
"I think more and more people are hearing about us and appreciating what we're doing," Thibeault says. "Every year we just get busier."...Read more