Ryan and Jessica Bunce have found success as the owners of Barrio Bakery in Burlington, but their mission to bring fresh, delicious food to Vermonters doesn’t end with their cozy bakery cafe. The couple is now opening One Radish Eatery in Richmond, a unique breakfast-and-lunch spot that brings delicious dishes and picnic-ready foods to a gorgeous red restaurant building on Esplanade. A much-needed complement to the local bakery scene, the cafe puts a fresh, local spin on tasty restaurant favorites.
Located next to a community park and just minutes from the Richmond Town Hall, One Radish Eatery offers breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes with plans on expanding to dinner service next spring. The Bunces describe their new restaurant as “approachable, family-friendly, and community-centered.” It’s the perfect place for a family to head for brunch before a day in the park or for friends to catch up over lunch before picking the kids up from school.
A Vermont native, Jessica is eager to bring sit-down breakfast, brunch, and lunch service to the Richmond community. “Our plan right now is to do breakfast and lunch and then a nice brunch on Sundays. When spring comes and the park starts waking back up again, we will start doing dinner,” she says. She shares that the couple is simply holding off on expanding to dinner because “we want to make sure that we can do what we wanted to do originally and solidify that, and then move on to dinner.”
One of the things I love about them, and they have it right on the door, is their motto: ‘we don’t say no, we say when.
Of course, the Bunce’s are no strangers to dinner-time service as they offer delicious homemade pizzas at Barrio Bakery in the evenings. Given the success of their first restaurant, many wonder why the couple would take on the work of opening another eatery. Jessica says that the opportunity to be creative and build something for the community plays a big part in the decision. “You can take this beautiful place and make it your own and decorate and rearrange and make tables and all of that stuff. So that’s part of it, and then finding the right team of people. That’s really fun for me: Creating a space, atmosphere, and a menu is a huge, but rewarding, undertaking,” she says.
No doubt launching a second restaurant is a great deal of work, but the Bunce’s enjoy the opportunities that doing so presents. They love the challenge and fun, as is evidenced by their clever restaurant name choice. It’s an homage to the local farming industry and is also a play on words. Jessica shares that “’radish’ represents the farming industry here, like the rural town setting, but ‘One Radish Café’ is like it’s kind of a rad café: Rad-ish.” Jessica says that she and Ryan have thrown around a variety of mottos for the cafe, including “Be Rad.” The couple hopes that the fun-and-playful spirit of their restaurant is apparent to everyone who steps through the doors.
Many patrons who aren’t familiar with One Radish Eatery’s food offerings wonder if the restaurant is just another version of Barrio Bakery. Jessica says that the couple had considered launching a Barrio-like concept, “but the opportunity to do something different was more exciting than just doing a ‘Barrio Junior’ somewhere.” Jessica is a lover of breakfast and brunch, and the idea to open an eatery based on these courses was largely hers. It didn’t take long for Ryan to get on board, and then couple began searching for a new location several months ago. Ryan and Jessica continued the real estate hunt with a focus on Richmond.
Speaking of visiting their location for the first time, Jessica says that “it just kind of felt right. We both got in the car after looking around, and we were like ‘let’s move on this right now!’” The Bunce’s had been patrons of a previous restaurant in the location, and they loved both the space and the potential it offered. Ryan was particularly excited about the wood-fired oven, which is something he’s always wanted in a kitchen.
With a location chosen and a concept established, the only thing left for the couple to do was to secure a loan to launch the new restaurant. Thankfully, the Bunce’s have found a powerful financing partner in Opportunities Credit Union. The local credit union is known for financing small businesses in the area and for providing great customer service. In addition to understanding the local business environment, Jessica notes that the staff at Opportunities truly grasps the in’s and out’s of small businesses. “They’ve been the easiest bank that I’ve ever worked with and the most friendly and understanding about the realities of modern-day financing,” she says.
Jessica and Ryan had previously worked with Greg Huysman, the Senior Business Development Manager at Opportunities, to find financing for Barrio Bakery. Jessica and Ryan felt strongly about returning to the Credit Union to find financing for their new project, and working with Huysman was a big selling point. In fact, discussing who she’d like to work with on future financing projects, Jessica says, “hopefully always with Greg.” His personal concern for his clients and his ability to take the stress out of the financing process has made him a true leader in the local financial industry.
Talking about why she enjoys working with Opportunities Credit Union, Jessica says that “one of the things I love about them, and they have it right on the door, is their motto: ‘we don’t say no, we say when.'” Like many small business owners, the Bunce’s have found that Opportunities was willing to step in and help when other financial institutions couldn’t or wouldn’t. That’s why they returned to Opportunities, and it’s why they’d recommend the credit union to other business owners too.
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