Delight in De.lish
De.lish Cheesecake Bakery and Café had its grand opening on Sept. 30, to the excitement of the owners and customers alike.
Craving a delicious slice of homemade cheesecake? Have a hankering for a bavarian pretzel? Is a slice of quiche your ideal breakfast?
If the answer to any (or all) of those questions is "yes," head to de.lish Cheesecake Bakery and Cafe, which recently opened in the historic narrow gauge train station at the corner of New Florissant Road and St. Catherine Street.
The café has more than 30 varieties of cheesecake available for special order, with three or four types available for purchase by the slice daily. Two or three varieties of quiche are also available each day, including one that is vegetarian-friendly.
In the middle of October, de.lish added salads to its menu, which can be served in a smaller portion alongside the quiche or as a full salad. Beverages including Thomas Coffee and freshly squeezed lemonade are also available.
Jeff and Kris Mullersman, Florissant residents who have been married for 13 years, own the restaurant. Combining Jeff's marketing experience with Kris' abilities in the kitchen, de.lish was born. It held its grand opening on Sept. 30.
Between the two of them, they make everything in-house daily.
"Our business plan is fresh daily," Jeff said. "You won't find frozen cheesecakes here."
Kris began making cheesecakes about 12 years ago and found she had a real aptitude for it.
"I just like to be in the kitchen," Kris said.
Jeff also gets time in the kitchen, making the bakery's bavarian pretzels (on Friday only or through special orders).
"Everybody likes a good pretzel," Jeff said.
Kris and Jeff started out making their cheesecakes and pretzels for family, friends and neighbors, which led them to believe they could get their business going.
They began renovating the building in May, but opening a café of her own has been Kris' dream for 20 years. She had been eyeing the railroad station since they moved to Florissant 12 years ago.
"Every time we drove by here, Kris said it would make a great space for a café, even when it was a candy store," Jeff said.
The name from the store came from Kris' father. Kris was raised in an Iowa farming community, and her family made (and still makes) it a point to sit down together for dinner every night.
After every meal, her father always tells her mother, "It was de-lish, my love."
"We thought it would be a good name because it signifies the importance for families to sit down and talk to each other," Jeff said.
While half of the restaurant is dedicated to the kitchen and food display space, the other half provides ample seating for customers.
Customers seem to appreciate the new business in Old Town Florissant, including Nicole Bradt Davanzo, who has purchased food from the daily menu and on special order.
"The Snickers cheesecake is the best thing I have ever tasted, far superior to Cheesecake Factory," she said. "I have also had the cherry almond and cranberry orange scones, which I can't live without. I could eat one every single day. This establishment is a wonderful addition to Florissant."
She is not the only one who thinks that, as the café's Facebook page has gained more than 250 likes and features a plethora of glowing comments.
The Facebook page is also an essential resource for customers who want to keep up to date on what de.lish is serving. Jeff updates the page at least once a day with a listing of the cheesecakes and quiches that are available by the slice.
As for the future, there are two things planned for de.lish. The first is a website, which will soon be up at delishcheesecakes.com.
"I'm working on a feature that will allow customers to build their own cheesecakes, just like a pizza," Jeff said.
"There will be 12-14 tables out there to expand our seating area," Jeff said.