New: WNY’s Only Plant-Based Bakery Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe Opens in Lancaster

Written by Step Out Staff
Published on February 10, 2021
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

Plant-based eaters, rejoice! 100% plant-based baked goods (and lot’s of them) are now on the menu.

Long Weekend Bake Shop, located in Lancaster, is one of a very short list of plant-based eateries in WNY and Buffalo’s only 100% plant-based bakery. All of Long Weekend’s baked goods are made without dairy, eggs, or honey — without sacrificing taste.

Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

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Owner Lex Frandina decided to open the vegan-friendly bake shop over the summer of 2020, looking to fill the gap and create a plant-based bakery that would cater to all diets. Though contributing to Buffalo’s food scene had occurred to her before, the shop came to fruition after Frandina’s career in the music and film festival industry came to a screeching halt due to the pandemic. 

“The shop opened quietly in June on a shoestring budget, and without pandemic grant funding (the shop is so new and small that it exists in a loophole of not qualifying),” explained Frandina. “Anyone who has supported the shop with purchases or mentions on social media has helped me keep going after the coffee wears off!”

Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

What to Expect

At the shop, you’ll find cookies, cupcakes, brownies, custom cakes, and other familiar goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth. They create daily gluten-free item and offer treats that can accommodate nut and soy sensitivities. At the shop, you’ll also be able to find a wide array of small treats like doughnuts and savory pockets from Freddie’s Fresh, sourdough treats from The Planty Baker, and hand-made chocolates from other vegan-friendly small businesses throughout New York State. 

Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

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Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
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All of their baked goods are hand-crafted from scratch and made in small batches, giving them that homemade feel. Fan favorites include the 6 layer vanilla bean rainbow cake, earl grey cake with citrus “cream cheeze” frosting, stuffed oreo cookies, cosmic ganache brownies, and olive oil coffee cake. Long Weekend Bake Shop is also available to create customized cakes and other private orders.

Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe is located at 34 Central Ave in Lancaster, NY. They’re open for walk-ins on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Follow on Facebook and Instagram for drool-worthy pics of plant-based baked goods and updates on the shop.

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Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe
Photo courtesy of Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

34 Central Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086 / 716-907-8147

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