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