Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bo Lings is getting into the custom cake business

Posted by on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM

When fortune cookies won't do, try cupcakes instead.
  • When fortune cookies won't do, try cupcakes instead.


Richard and Theresa Ng own six Bo Lings restaurants in the metro: three in Overland Park and three on the Missouri side (the locations on the Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa and the City Market). But they've often ventured into different entrepreneurial sidelines, like their short-lived fortune-cookie factory (the machine that made the cookies sort of looked like a Rube Goldberg invention). The Ngs are now in the custom cake business. "Cakes are very important in Chinese culture," Theresa Ng says. "All celebrations require cake."

And that's where Thao Le comes in.


Thao, a Vietnam native, is a whiz at baking, says Bo Lings spokesperson Linda Rostenberg: "Her cakes are light and airy, unlike anything you'll find in an American bakery. And she can ice a cake in three seconds flat."

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The Bo Lings' cake venture will make any kind of decorated cake," Rostenberg says. "We started it because we were getting so many requests for wedding cakes and specialty cakes for groups that were booking the private dining rooms at the Plaza location."

That location in the Board of Trade building, by the way, will remain in business until at least December, Rostenberg says. The Ngs had hoped to move the restaurant across Brush Creek and into new quarters in the Skelly Building before the end of 2011.

But back to cakes: Thao Le will be displaying her frosted cakes -- and serving free samples -- at the City Market Bo Lings at 20 East Fifth Street this Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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