Voted “Best German Restaurant in 2011”
Flagler Chapter of Score Recognizes the Owners of Maggie’s European Bakery and Cafe as its Entrepreneurs of the Year
November 8, 2009
Flagler Beach, Florida—The Flagler Chapter of SCORE has named Maggie and Andy Bochnar as its Entrepreneurs of the Year for Flagler County. Maggie and Andy are owners of Maggie’s European Bakery & Cafe, a restaurant specializing in meals that reflect their German, Polish & French background and upbringing. They have built their business from a start-up by converting an existing Real Estate office into a quaint European style Café and Bakery overlooking the ocean on A1A in Flagler Beach. Maggie has developed her own brand name and all baked items are prepared by her using her own unique recipes and individually marked “Baked by Maggie”. She gained her passion for baking from her family, specifically both her parents as they taught her the recipes of many of the foods served at the cafe. The Bochnars will be honored at an Economic Development luncheon on November 13, 2009 at 12:00 noon at the Daytona Beach International Airport.
Maggie and Andy came to Score three years ago to get help to establish their business. Gene Baldrate, Score Chapter Chair says, “Maggie and Andy had a vision of what they wanted to offer to the public. Plus they had some experience in this business area. Maggie was the lead baker in a coffee house environment and caterer in New York and Connecticut and she had her own following. Andy has over 27 years in the food distribution business. Baldrate adds, “Score counselors Glenn Laury and Ray Smith helped them put the operating and financial plans together for the business and they continue to meet with Maggie and Andy periodically to cover each step going up the ladder of success.”
Maggie and Andy say Glenn and Ray’s assistance was invaluable to the success of their business, and their attitude gave them confidence about their ability to succeed. Maggie & Andy encountered many road blocks along the way as it took them 10 months to open their doors to the public. Glenn & Ray helped them overcome these obstacles through their counseling and advice. Maggie’s Cafe has only one mission and that is to delight their customers at every visit and offer them a unique European dining experience. We hope we have succeeded in that objective with the aid of Glenn & Ray from SCORE.
New For 2012
“2012 Reader’s Choice Best Around”
September 15, 2012
Here is an article from the Palm Coast Observer
Maggie’s 100,000 Customer Served
We also wanted to share with all of you a Letter to the editor from Wayne, our 100,000 customer.
September 11, 2012
If you are looking for a delightful place to have breakfast or lunch in the Palm Coast – Flagler Beach area, you have to consider Maggie’s European Bakery and Café. It is a cozy little restaurant on the second floor of “the purple house” on highway A1A, in Flagler Beach. Many customers would agree that dining at Maggie’s is comparable to having a meal at home with your family and close friends. The food is delectable, the service is prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. If you have a taste for bakery items that are simply out of this world, “Maggie” is likely to have just what you want. She and her husband, Andy, own the restaurant and Maggie does all of the baking.
For the most part, people rate restaurants subjectively – which seems understandable. After all, who knows better than oneself the food one likes, the dining atmosphere one enjoys and the price one is willing to pay for a meal? We really don’t need numbers to qualify our sensory pleasures. At least that was what I thought until a friend and I went to Maggie’s last week for lunch.
It seemed like another ordinary day when we entered the restaurant. But as we were finishing our meal, Andy and two friends joined us at our table. The conversation was light and jovial until Andy’s voice suddenly turned serious and he said, “I have something important to tell you.” All of us at the table paused, giving him our fullest attention, thinking that he was setting us up for a joke. Then, with complete candor he calmly stated, “You were served the 100,000th meal in our restaurant.”
Needless to say, I was surprised, somewhat overwhelmed and in a state of disbelief. Although the celebration focused on me, the achievement belongs to Maggie’s European Bakery and Café. Think about it. Who would ever believe such a little restaurant could serve 100,000 meals in a period of five years? Furthermore, who would think the owners of a little “Mom and Pop” restaurant would consider counting the number of meals served for such a long period of time?
Numbers may not tell us why individuals attend a restaurant but numbers give us an indication of a restaurant’s popularity and level of success. Many of us enjoy this little place we call “Maggie’s” and a number has never been needed to buttress our feelings about the food, the service and the atmosphere. Now, I could give you many, many reasons why I love this little café but that would be another story. You must come here yourself to discover its charm.
By: Wayne W. Gunthorpe, Ed.D.