Playground Working On a Standalone Bakery Next Door, Taking Over Former Mexican Bakery Booted Out by Gentrification

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John Gilhooley
From my sources, I heard that the folks at the Playground were hiring people and expanding. The rumor was that they were taking over the space about to vacated by Moya's Panderia--which had stayed open for over 20 years before being unceremoniously booted as the area's landlords decided to gentrify their properties--next door to the Playground and were going to turn it into a bakery of their own.

So I asked Robert Quinn, father of Playground Chef Jason Quinn, to confirm or deny the rumors. This is what he wrote:

The rumors are correct. Our working title for the project is "Dough Exchange," i.e., we'll exchange our dough for yours. We've long been impressed with our baker protegee, Tyler Mosier, who seemingly can bake anything to Jason's standards. He is supported in his baking duties by Fawn Mathers and our queen of desserts, Ashley Guzman. So when we heard Moya's Panaderia was going to vacate the space next to Playground 2.0, we thought it would be perfect to give him a place to work his magic in support of Playground and to establish a retail outlet for his art. We identified three distinct markets that seemed underserved in downtown Santa Ana that we thought we could address in a unique and exciting way: Gourmet doughnuts, meat pies and artisan European style breads. I've attached a picture of our layout.

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Bob Quinn

The focal point of the bakery will be the displays cases filled with doughnuts and fresh baked goods. But your most stimulated sense will likely be your nose, which will be overwhelmed by the smells of fresh baked breads and coffee.



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The Playground

220 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA

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santana_rifa
santana_rifa

its sad to see this happen to El Centro de Santana(La Cuarto)...Stop Gentrification!!! y not give the shops already there money to hook up their business to make then look how u want them and white ppl should try mexican bread its bomb...i already know i aint eating there most of the shops there now are too pricey for my broke self to enjoy and im pretty sure they arent really planning to hv local ppl to shop there much

Chubbypanda
Chubbypanda

And the empire grows.  Nice to see that they're taking care of, and providing opportunities for, their loyal soldiers.  I hope the original bakery finds a decent landing spot.

Nora Gonzales
Nora Gonzales

At caca! Sounds awesome, but sucks for the poor Mexicans getting the boot...

Linda Shen
Linda Shen

seem very interesting restaurant, have you been?

mandeeuk
mandeeuk

I hope they tackle the beauty that is the Scottish meat pie.  You'd have us expats there in droves.

targetmedia
targetmedia

they still need a decent place to eat within walking distance of the Santa Ana Bowl

targetmedia
targetmedia

Gustavo-are you telling me that the landlords on 4th Street are in the process of running out all the Latino businesses?  

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

I don't think you have enough confidence in your concept, Bob 


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