Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery is closed

I received an e-mail today from a distraught fan of Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery in Maize, which officially closed on Saturday.

Owner Jody Briceland opened the restaurant last November at 5855 N. Maize Road and served a menu that featured organic ingredients as well as dishes that were gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian. Over the past year, she earned several loyal fans, including one of my daughter’s teachers who would rave about the restaurant to me whenever I’d listen. He stuck a menu in my hand just a couple of weeks ago.

But a number of factors conspired to lead to the restaurant’s closing, Briceland said, including the high cost of organic ingredients, the relative smallness of her space (it seated about 22 people), and the location, which didn’t turn out to be as good as she’d hoped. Taxes were killing her, she said, and if she didn’t close, she worried she would soon not be able to pay her 10 staff members.

“The business was growing, but not enough to offset it,” she said. “That was the hard part.”

Briceland will continue catering from the space and says she will honor all outstanding gift certificates, either with caterings, to-go meals, private dinners or even refunds. Her hope is that she can eventually reopen in a better location. Several people have recommended Delano.

“This has really been heartbreaking for me because this was my dream,” she said.

Those needing to resolve gift certificate issues should call 316-305-1396.