Metuka, the Pastry House is a sweet addition to 39th Street

  • Ellen Hume is baking cakes, cookies and fruit tarts in her new shop, Metuka, on 39th Street.

Five years ago, The Pitch named the comfortable little coffeehouse and bake shop JayWaLe’s Bakery-Bistro , in Kansas City, Kansas, as the best bakery in the metro. Last month, the former owner (and pastry chef) of JayWaLe’s Bakery, Ellen Hume, opened a new pastry store at 1614 West 39th Street. She calls the new business Metuka, the Pastry House.

“Metuka means sweet or sweetie in Israel,” said Hume, who was born in Brazil but lived in Israel for several years. “If you like someone, you tell them, ‘You’re a metuka.”

If you like someone, you take them to Metuka, a tiny storefront formerly occupied by a smoke shop, Havana Moon. The cigars are gone, replaced by tres leches cake and cups of tiramisu in shiny glass display cases.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink