Gratitude Café and Bakery
Gratitude Café and Bakery owner, Kat Cloran didn’t set out to be known for her scones, but six months after she opened up at 1551 North Cotner Boulevard in Lincoln, they’ve quickly become one of the hottest items on the menu. Customers can find Lovely Lemon and Orange Cranberry on the menu daily, along with a seasonal selection. There are also giant cinnamon, pecan and orange rolls and several varieties of seasonal muffins.
Kat’s grandmother, whose picture can be seen throughout the café, serves as inspiration for many of Gratitude’s sweet treats. On my visit there were seasonal pumpkin whoopie pies, decadent triple-chocolate brownies, buttery apple crostatas, a daily buckle and a variety of inspired cookies.
“We’re bringing back the classics but with a twist,” she said on a recent visit, as I bit into a flaky apple crostata accented with cinnamon and fragrant orange zest.
For the holidays, Kat adds some classics into her cookie rotation, including pfeffernuss, accented with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, and a spicy-sweet ginger cookie.
Kat lovingly bakes everything from scratch with local, seasonal ingredients. Eggs come from Common Good Farm, butter from Clear Creek Organic Farm. Flour and produce come from a variety of area farmers, depending on the season.
Kat isn’t new to the food business. She’s been producing and selling her Groovy Guru Granola since 2008. Handcrafted from a variety of local ingredients, the granola has been all over the world—even to China. In addition to the popular blends Day Trippin’ (roasted almond, honey, cherry and cranberry) and Lovin’ Bowlful (chocolate, coconut and honey), she’ll soon be debuting seasonal blends, including Granola Holiday, a blend of ginger, maple, molasses, cranberries and golden raisins.
Kat bought the dilapidated historical building on Cotner in 2001. Over 15 months, she’s poured her heart into Gratitude, restoring the space to its former glory and transforming it into a place for the community.
Gratitude is open from Thursday–Sunday. On Friday and Sunday evenings, Gratitude hosts live music and community events and serves vegetarian soups and sandwiches, local beer and Nebraska wine. Visit Gratitude online at GratitudeCafeBakery.com and on Facebook.
—By Alexis Abel