Leeds bakery entrepreneur Savannah Roqaa, who built her online business, the Savvy Baker, almost overnight as lockdown began in 2020, is preparing for her next step.

After starting to create brownie pampering packages that she dropped off to cheer up friends and family, she stumbled upon a (very hungry) market of foodie enthusiasts and is now launching her first cafe.

Savannah Roqaa aka The Savvy Baker

The journey has seen her go from creating 30-40 boxes of brownies a week from her small Roundhay kitchen, to moving into a commercial bakery last year as she saw demand rise and now after a series of pop-ups across the UK, she launched her first Savvy Cafe in Roundhay.

Roqaa said: “I’ve lived in Roundhay all my life so I couldn’t think of a better place to get started! The Savvy Baker is something I want to share with the local community and being surrounded by residential properties it made sense to put the cafe right in the middle of it all.

The menu will include all the goodies the brand is famous for, including brownies, brookies, cookies, pancakes, cakes, pies, sticky stuff and will all be served with North Star coffee.

Going forward, Roqaa said the plan is to expand the menu and offer breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, shakes, ice cream, and more.

The entrepreneur is not alone in this new venture as she opens the cafe alongside her partner, Jordan Simms, so the online side of the business can continue while they settle into their new Roundhay premises.

She added: “I’m so busy with the bakery and running that side of the business that having someone I trust to help run the cafe was a must…and not having to take every decision alone is a bonus! We are both very excited. this seems like the most natural next step. Initially, we were online only, but as the world changes, we have to adapt! So that’s what happened.

The Savvy Cafe is scheduled to open March 31 and hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.