Hillside Avenue’s Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery closes down

Hillside Avenue’s Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery closes down
The vegan bakery Sweet to Lick opened in Williston Park in August 2013. (Photo by Noah Manskar)

Williston Park’s Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery on Hillside Avenue closed down after 9 years on May 27. The bakery’s Twitter account tweeted that something soon may be coming for owner Michael Sabet.

“Our last day is 5/27,” the bakery tweeted weeks ago. “It’s been an awesome adventure with you folks. I am tired and need some rest. One day (soon) I’ll do something else, hope you’ll join me then.”

The vegan spot had grown considerably from its humble beginnings selling vegan products at Farmer’s Markets and traveling throughout Long Island starting in 2010. Without a proper culinary background, Sabet started making treats for his wife, Kathee, which later evolved into Long Island’s first vegan bakery in 2013. 

“More than just opening up a bakery, there was a risk,” Sabet previously said to Blank Slate Media. “The risk was opening up this hyperniche bakery, but you can look around today and see tons of vegan options.”

Sabet said it was too expensive to build a bakery and opted to renovate a space that had a bakery before finding his spot in the village. Sweet to Lick was the ninth bakery to operate at the storefront. 

Earlier this year, Peta named Sweet to Lick’s strawberry dream cake one of the top 10 vegan sweet treats in the country. 

Sabet said he will not forget the support he received from the community and he looks forward to the future.

“The people who make words didn’t make enough to express my gratitude,” the bakery posted on Facebook. “I want to thank you all for the past 12 years, it’s been one of the greatest experiences in my life. The world is not always nice, but you were. Together we created a space that was not only “safe” but a fun place to be. The support and love you have given my family and I will not soon be forgotten. As I’ve said it’s not the end of the story just a chapter. I look forward to serving you again. You are loved, thank you.”

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