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The Times
  • ‘Cake Boss’ star heading to Frankfort bakery

  • The Friendly Bake Shop needs some help.

    And it might be getting it from a nationally known TV baker.

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  • The Friendly Bake Shop needs some help.
    And it might be getting it from a nationally known TV baker.
    One of the bakery’s two sheeters — machines that roll out dough into flat layers — doesn’t work. The other is slow and inefficient.
    Dysfunctional machinery and the expenses to fix it are only some of the problems the bakery faces, owner Joseph Viti said.
    “To positively say that we would be able to stay open, with the conditions of the machines and the expense to fix it …” Viti paused and reflected on the longevity of his family’s 52-year-old shop.
    “Well, it wouldn’t be from a lack of trying.”
    TV crews will be heading to the family-owned bakery to tape the pilot episode of a potential series that will help the sweet businesses.
    Star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro will be part of a crew that will tape the pilot episode of a “Cake Boss” spinoff series, which is unnamed at this point.
    The crew will be in Frankfort from Monday through Friday.
    Participation from locals, either in email form or by stopping by the bakery during any of the taping days, is encouraged, said Zoe Cote, an associate producer for High Noon Entertainment, a company that supplies shows to channels such as TLC.
    Details about the potential series and what Valastro will do with the Frankfort shop are still under wraps, and could be driven by real-time interactions during the tapings, Cote said.
    “We just want to drum up some excitement and give them business,” she said.
    The production encourages any and all members of the public to participate. Email bakerybuddy@gmail.com for details.
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