FoodWire: My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe Opens Tomorrow
My Daddy's Cheesecake's rich, creamy cheesecake always won well deserved raves from Professor Tom Harte's family and friends. When his daughter started waitressing as a summer job, she convinced "Daddy" to bake "just four cakes each week" for a restaurant in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. With equal persuasion she suggested that her customers try a slice of "my daddy's cheesecake" for dessert. Before long, other waiters and waitresses began using the line and the name stuck. Soon demand for the cheesecakes grew and My Daddy's Cheesecake became the dessert sensation of Southeast Missouri. But that was not enough for the dessert enthusiasts. Tom went on to win the Best New Dessert of the Year award in 1990 and 1991 in the National Gorman Baking Contest.The menu includes breakfast and lunch items as well as cheesecake. My Daddy's Cheesecake is open 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.
In 1996, on My Daddy's 9th birthday, a new "Daddy", Wes Kinsey, took over the fast, growing, and established business. Wes is a veteran baker and graduate of Wilton School of Confectionery Arts in Chicago, Illinois. Wes started baking and decorating cakes in 1973.