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New takeaway owner aims to bring upmarket sweet treats to Stanningley Road

A new takeaway homemade bakery shop is set to open off Stanningley Road in Armley – serving upmarket sweet treats and coffee.

The business is the brainchild of David Stalbow, 63, who is hoping to open Sweet Tooth in part of the former Cafe 53 building from 8 October.

Sweet Tooth has bee running successfully with an evening-only online operation over the past year, run by Mr Stalbow’s son Conor, 28, and business partner Yoni Phillips.

Now Mr Stalbow is opening his takeaway bakery during daytime hours, which will serve treats including homemade brownies, blondies, cookies, flap jacks, milkshakes and more. At breakfast there will be filled croissants, pastries, bagels and real barista coffee.

“I feel there’s a real gap in the market for the quality we will be offering,” said Mr Stalbow.

New business: David Stalbow.

Does it feel strange to be starting a business at the age of 63?

“Well, I’m a young 63!” laughed Mr Stalbow. “I’ve got the bug of running a business again and I’m looking forward to it.

“I have been delivering for a cafe for the past nine months and I’ve got to know the Armley, Bramley, Farsley and Pudsey areas quite well. I’ve also been working one evening a week with my son and his Sweet Tooth online business, so I feel like I know the industry and thought it would be good to take it into daytime hours and into a takeaway setting.

“I’d previously run my own lighting business for 40 years until the pandemic, so I like to be my own boss. And it’s clear people like their sweet treats!”

The former Cafe 53 on Stanningley Road is currently being split into two by the owners, with the front part becoming Sweet Tooth and the remainder becoming a cafe.

Sweet Tooth will officially open on 8 October and will open 8am-2pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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