Wake N Bacon to bring a panoply of breakfast options to Winter Park
WINTER PARK — As a potato connoisseur in Winter Park, it’s easy to find a variety of home fries, French fries or chips, but when it comes to true hashbrowns it can be almost impossible. A new breakfast place, Wake N Bacon, is looking to meet that need.
Wake N Bacon, located in Winter Park’s Park Place Shopping Center next to Ullrs Tavern, is a breakfast, lunch and baked goods spot opening Dec. 4. Aside from rounding out the potato options in town, the restaurant plans to provide locals and visitors with other breakfast favorites.
“We saw there was a need for another breakfast place,” said Wake N Bacon co-partner Cody Martin, referencing the recent closures of Winter Park breakfast spots Rise and Shine and Mountain Rose Cafe. “We’re trying to hit those niches we feel are missing in town.”
Martin, along with other co-partners Krysta Potestio, Johnny Rowe and Rebecca Kaufmann, crafted the menu with breakfast classics, dishes inspired by their hometowns and anything that wasn’t available elsewhere in Winter Park.
The menu includes pancakes, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, as well as more elaborate dishes like the breakfast pot pie. The restaurant is also offering a new category on the menu, breakfast starters, which include a plate of bacon or an order of donut holes.
“If you’re not that hungry, we have, basically, appetizers for breakfast,” Martin said. “Or you can sit down with a group of friends and get things going right away.”
Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of breakfast cocktails, such as a loaded bloody Mary or classic mimosa, local teas and coffee, including espresso drinks and a nitro cold brew.
Rowe emphasized that with everything on the menu they wanted to use fresh, quality ingredients and make as much in-house as possible.
“We’re trying to do almost everything in-house and if we can’t then it’s still going to be a really good product,” Rowe said. “We’re excited about bringing good quality food and drinks.”
The partners said they wanted to create a space with options for everyone, so while bacon is in the name of the eatery, they still offer veggie options. And if guests don’t have time to hang out for breakfast, Wake N Bacon will have a to-go menu.
“If you’re headed to the mountain and don’t have time to sit down, you can definitely come in here, get a bagel, get a coffee and go,” Martin said.
Potestio said she’s most looking forward to becoming a part of the community once they get the doors open and really building a comfortable, friendly environment.
“I’m just excited to see the faces who come in here everyday,” Potestio said. “I’m always trying to remember people’s orders and what they like. I want people to come in and if I know that (they) drink a loaded bloody Mary, I want that ready for them when they sit down.”
Wake N Bacon will be open everyday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast will be served all day and lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m.
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