Sip & Savor: 4 & 20 Bakery

Sip & Savor: 4 & 20 Bakery
Owner Mandy Putney

4 & 20 Bakery
305 N 4th St. 819-8893

THE BACKSTORY: If it weren’t for a restaurant plan falling through, 4 & 20 Bakery might not be thriving today. Mandy Putney, her husband and their business partner were looking for a restaurant and a backup kitchen, but when the plan fell apart, they found themselves opening a bakery instead. Don’t be fooled by the pastry shop’s name—it’s not an ode to the special brownies you might’ve tried once in college. The name actually originates from the nursery rhyme, “Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked into a Pie.”

THE VIBE: This is a bakery for the community it serves. Putney knows just about everyone’s names. In the winter, many dedicated customers snowshoe there for breakfast. “I live in the [Emerson East] neighborhood, so many of our customers are my neighbors and friends,” Putney says. “It’s a really cool spot and we all really care about each other.”

THE MENU: The shop consists of breakfast and lunch fare, along with pastries like homemade Nutella Pop Tarts. The vibe is bright with a little whimsy, like a nursery rhyme.

THE MUST-TRY: Make room for the biscuits and gravy. Putney doesn’t like to boast, but even she says, “We kind of nailed it.” Other popular items include quiche, granola, the Cuban sandwich and the homemade chai. Nearly everything is house made, including the hot sauce.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Putney saved up at age 15 for her first Kitchen-Aid mixer, which she still owns. Cooking and baking are ingrained in her, just as 4 & 20 Bakery has become a natural part of her community. “It’s a really nice place and I love it.”