Vanilla Bean, the frozen yogurt and cupcake store in the Safeway shopping center at 19th & S, closed in mid-September, according to Yelp comments.
Cowtown Eats friend James (whose family owns the great Ocean Fish & Chips in Elk Grove - Seriously, you should go there) sent me a picture of the note they left on the door. It reads:
Dear Vanilla Bean Customers,
Thank you for 3 great years. We learned tons and will always be grateful for our time in SAcramento.
We are going to continue our cupcakes and decorating classes in the East Bay.
If we find someone who wants to continue our cupcakes in Sacramento, we'll send out a notice to our Website, so you'll know where to order.
If you have already placed an order with us or booked a wedding or special event, DON'T WORRY, we are still committed to providing you with our amazing cupcakes.
Chef Carlos and Patricia
They've posted a similar message on their Web site.
When I stopped by the place about 10 days ago, the sign had already been removed, and the furniture in the place was in the process of being taken out.
I wish the owners good luck, and it's not clear that a lack of business caused this specific business to close, but in general, it's not surprising to see a store that at one time or another sold frozen yogurt and cupcakes -- two food fads whose time had come -- would close.
I am excited to see what comes next. I think a dessert place like a Beard Papa, Vampire Penguin or Sweet & Shavery would do really well in that spot.
* Photo from their Facebook Page.
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