Scratch Pastries owners Duc and Noelle Liao are looking forward to the New Year, especially in light of what happened in this one.
|Mogador chocolate mousse with almond genoise soaked in dark rum and homemade raspberry preserves.|
In June, following problems with investors concerning their second location (Scratch French Cafe, located in the former Canvas space on Roosevelt Row), the husband-and-wife team declared bankruptcy. The decision forced the Liaos to shutter not only their three-month-old Roosevelt Row store, but the original location of Scratch Pastries in Scottsdale, which opened in 2008.
"It's been a treacherous year," Noelle tells me. "The investors were harassing and threatening us. We had to move out of our home -- we even lived on food stamps for a while."
After months of struggles, the Liaos have decided to take the plunge into restaurant ownership again, but this time, Noelle says, with lessons learned. More »