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Cupcake craze comes to downtown

"My favorite is the margarita cupcake," admits McLean, which features a tequila syrup-soaked lime-flavored cake.

The kitchen will be kept running by Dionne and an assistant baker, while patrons will be able to enjoy brunch and dessert items straight from the kitchen in the cozy 12-seated dining area or grab a breakfast sandwich to go from the deli case. McLean hopes to open a pantry from which customers can browse and shop. The pantry, which will occupy the space between Irises and DeLish, will stock international specialty foods, such as hard to find cooking ingredients for the adventurous baker.

"[The pantry] complements the business because it has products we already use, like gourmet and unique products. It comes as second nature to us to use them as a retail items," explains McLean.

In addition to the expansion plans of the bakery and pantry, DeLish will also allow for outdoor seating during the summer and fall of next year.

DeLish will aim to offer some taste for every taste, and even if customers aren't able to stop by their downtown location, DeLish will cater nearby events with breakfast and lunch menu items. The expansive menu will be available on-line soon, attached to the Irises Caf Web site.

The business may be reached at 324-4100.

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