WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Selectmen Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the request of Josie’s Bakery for a common victualer license, paving the way for the bakery to officially open.
Josie’s Bakery will be owned and operator by Rick Lowe, who also owns Tremezzo Ristorante.
“Tremezzo Ristorante has become a wonderful part of the community. Rick has dedicated himself to making Tremezzo not only a business, but also a member of the community,” said Scott Garrant, Lowe’s attorney. “Rick and Tremezzo support numerous non-profit organizations and youth sport organizations. These efforts were recently recognized when Rick was chosen as 2019 recipient of the Carmon Cunnigham Business Legacy Award from the Chamber of Commerce.”
“I’d also like to note that every time there’s a chat on social media in Wilmington where people are asked what they’d like to see in town, bakery seems to always be at the top of the list,” added Garrant.
The bakery, located at 2 Lowell Street, Unit #8, is just a few doors down from Tremezzo, in the former Edible Arrangements shop.
“I make all my stuff in-house and I needed a little more room,” explained Lowe. “I have a young lady on staff who is renowned pastry baker. We’re going to give it a go.”
“We looked around the lay of the land in terms of bakeries in the area. LaCascia’s Bakery is in Burlington and there’s a few in Tewksbury, but really nothing in Wilmington,” Lowe told the Selectmen. “We love Wilmington. Wilmington has been more than wonderful to us.”
Lowe believes the bakery will be open before Easter (April 21, 2019).
“I’m shooting for the second week of April. I’m pretty confident… The menus have already been printed,” said Lowe.
Lowe stressed that he’s bringing the successful Tremezzo model — being a good neighbor, serving a quality product, and taking care of your customers and your employees — to Josie’s Bakery.
Lowe also revealed that the bakery is named and dedicated after his wife’s grandmother.
“My wife’s grandmother passed away at 94. For 94 years, she was the most fun, exciting, cool person to be around,” said Lowe. “When you left her house, you were always full…. She was the quintessential Italian lady having fun in the kitchen. I hope when people leave Josie’s Bakery, they feel like I did when I left her house.”
Selectmen wished Lowe the best of luck in his new endeavor.
“An Italian bakery is perfect. It’s just what we need. I’m sure you’ll succeed,” said Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira.
“We wish you a lot of success. Thank you for choosing Wilmington to do your business in,” said Selectman Greg Bendel.
“I wish you the best of luck. You have an outstanding business. Your food is delicious. I’m looking forward to the bakery,” said Selectman Mike McCoy.
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