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Bittersweet unveils a second location in Pilsen. Located at 2019 S. Laflin, the new location will offer items that will be available exclusively at the Pilsen location. Esther Griego is a native of New Mexico and is bringing her Mexican heritage to the Bittersweet brand. “We were looking to expand our footprint and be more accessible to the entire city – Pilsen was the icing on the cake,” says Griego. “We’re eager to contribute to the cultural tapestry of the neighborhood, offering a sweet escape & partnering with neighboring businesses.” 

One of those businesses includes Las Carnitas Uruapan. Like Griego, owner Marcos Carbajal is also a second-generation leader of a destination. “We’ve taken his incredible carnitas and made them into our famous quiche for a crossover that is as delicious as it is unexpected,” said Griego.

The idea for the collaboration was born from the mind of Chef Katsuji, who spent three seasons on Bravo's Top Chef, Katsuji is working in partnership with Griego to bring his flavors and techniques to the shop. With Japanese and Mexican heritage, Katsuji brings a fusion of flavors to his dishes that complement Bittersweet’s mix of European and American styles.

The menu of the new location will feature a selection of pastries and cakes you'll find at the Lakeview location, but Katsuji is also creating a menu that includes Mexican baked goods and other special items you can only find at Pilsen including the Carnitas Quiche, conchas and palmiers. “We want the Pilsen location to have its own point of view and crafting a menu that represents the locale is really important to us,” says Chef Katsuji.

“Our original shop has been a local favorite for generations featuring classic items mixed with innovative creations. In collaborating with Chef Katsuji, we can deliver a mouthwatering experience that captures the essence of both our timeless recipes and the spirit of the Pilsen neighborhood,” says Griego.


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