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Yum Yum’s Bakery: The Gluten Free Spot

Yum Yum’s Bakery: The Gluten Free Spot

When, Erin Gridley’s two children were diagnosed with Celiac disease, the mother started baking and cooking gluten-free for her family.

Gridley was a stay-at-home mother and had recently gone through a divorce. She had very little work experience, but saw a need for a solely gluten-free restaurant for other people in the Syracuse area. So, she decided to open Yum Yum’s Bakery at Paradise Market in DeWitt.

The gluten-free bakery’s popularity grew, and Gridley expanded to a store on Seeley Road in 2011.  Yum Yum’s recently moved to a new location in East Syracuse in September.

“We were there for three years and we just outgrew it. We needed a bigger space and a bigger kitchen. So we made the move from there to here,” said Gridley.

Yum Yum’s is the only gluten-free restaurant in the Syracuse area. Gridley said other restaurants try to cater to gluten-free customers, but aren’t always careful about cross-contaminating with items that contain gluten in the kitchen. This cross-contamination can cause customers to become ill.

“Restaurants are kind of jumping on the bandwagon and adding gluten-free options on their menu, which you would think would be a great thing. However, it isn’t always because sometimes they’re not necessarily doing it for the right reasons. Or, they don’t understand that they’re taking on a responsibility,” said Gridley.


Gridley said she wanted a restaurant where she and her family could go and not worry about accidentally getting gluten in their food.

The new location in East Syracuse has a kitchen that’s four times the size of the previous spot on Seeley Road. It also has a wood-fire brick oven, which Gridley says is used for their pizzas.

“The capacity is so much greater. The atmosphere in here is more in line with what I always envisioned,” said Gridley.

The bakery has pink walls and quaint small tables for customers to sit in. The menu choices are also diverse and varied for a gluten-free restaurant, offering items such as quesadillas and chicken tenders.

Gridley created the menu keeping other gluten-free customers in mind, wanting to give them the food choices they couldn’t order at gluten restaurants such as onion rings or mozzarella sticks.

Gridley comes in early mornings around 5 or 6 a.m and doesn’t leave until after the restaurant closes at 9 p.m. She said the schedule is busy and hectic but worth it.

“Its nice to know you’re helping people. You’re making them happy. You’re giving them something that they couldn’t have before,” said Gridley.

About The Author

Brooke Lewis

I'm a grad student at the Newhouse School focusing on Magazine, Newspaper, and Online journalism. I'm obsessed with women's magazines and long form journalism. Some of my favorite publications are Glamour, Texas Monthly, The New Yorker, Seventeen, and Elle. I've lived in Texas for the past 22 years and this is my first time living on the East Coast.


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