GLOCESTER – One door closes and another opens, so it’s been said.
A couple of months ago, a cafe in Chepachet that opened in 2020 closed its doors, and now a new culinary business is set to open in the same space.
In June, Who Cut The Cheesecake will enter the local food scene and hold a grand opening, to be announced, says owner David Silva, a resident of Glocester.
At Who Cut The Cheesecake customers will find a dizzying array of choices and a myriad of flavors, from the most popular lemon blueberry, to a variety of 30 other types, including ultimate brownie and banana cream, explains Silva. The menu will change with the seasons; for example, key lime and pina colada are on deck for summer. Customers can choose from a large 9-inch or a smaller 6-inch cheesecake, a mini personal-sized cheesecake, or just grab a slice or two.
Silva’s also developing a no-bake cheesecake that will be offered in a decorated cheesecake ice cream cone. Also available: coffee, espresso, and a few other dessert items, such as cookies and brownies, for the non-cheesecake-inclined customers who still crave a sweet. Initially, Silva is not offering dairy-free desserts. He does, however, have many plans for his business down the road.
The origin of Who Cut The Cheesecake goes back more than a decade to when Silva as a teenager.
“I started a cheesecake company in high school,” he says about his time as a student in Cumberland.
His uncle had given him a cookbook. Using a recipe from the book, Silva whipped up a cheesecake and, “liked it a lot.”
It turns out his family, too, enjoyed the results of his new hobby.
Silva did research on cheesecakes and then created his own concoction, which is, “kind of my base,” he explains.
Time passed and Silva moved beyond high school and into adult life. He says his interest in cheesecake perked up again in 2020. He was making culinary how-to videos for his, “Dave’s Home Cooking,” YouTube channel and posted a cheesecake tutorial. A Worcester firefighter found out and asked Silva to make a cheesecake. That one order turned into more. Soon, Silva found himself churning out cheesecakes from a church in Worcester.
Silva took the, “took the summer off to find my own spot,” but the going wasn’t easy.
“Everything kept falling through,” he said.
He kept looking for a place to call his own, and was about to give up on the possibility of ever finding a suitable location when the former Black Forest Cafe location became available.
Silva jumped at the opportunity to have a store. He’s had help from others, especially one friend he’s known since his first days of baking in Cumberland, Jay Tetreault of Burrillville.
Starting next month, he hopes to see that high school culinary business blossom in the historic Chepachet storefront.
In the meantime, Silva’s creations are available at Ten West Market in Paxton Mass and La Scala Italian restaurant in Worcester, Mass.
Watch for more news on an upcoming grand opening of the business at 1195 Putnam Pike on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whocutthecheesecake247