Millionaire Saves Evanston Bakery

Lake Forest businessman steps in at the last second to prevent closure of Rose's Wheat Free Bakery and Cafe.

It appeared the last batch of baked goods were about to be sold at Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery and Café. The Evanston shop which features gluten-free items was set to close on Christmas Eve, but to the delight of owner Rose O’Carroll as well as her customers and employees, a last second investment thwarted a Scrooge-like close.

Lake Forest resident and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis stepped up at the last minute and invested $200,000 into O’Carroll’s struggling enterprise so the doors could remain open and the employees can keep their jobs, according to the Evanston Review. Lemonis read about the impending closure of the bakery on Facebook.

Lemonis told WGN Television that he is making O'Carroll a partner by getting rid of the debt and will be looking for ways to make the shop a profitable operation.

Lemonis has appeared on the reality TV show Secret Millionaire and is the CEO of Camping World. He was born in Lebanon during the Civil War that ravaged that Middle Eastern country before being moved to Miami at nine months of age.  

J December 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I notice this did not stop them from selling people groupons 14 days prior to their PLANNED closure with a June 8th, 2013 expiry date. Are we really to believe they were not aware of their inability to honor these vouchers at the time?
Debirag December 27, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I do hope their service improves. Every time I went there, the people behind the counter were rude and unpleasant, the eggs I ordered were served to me cold and without utensils, and I stopped going there even though I'm gluten free.
Frank December 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Kudos to Mr. Lemonis for showing spirit and compassion during the holiday season!
millie December 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
probably planned on asking City Council for money. They have a habit of passing out taxpayer dollars. Like the lady that opened a restaurant that didn't have a kitchen. Gave her money for kitchen
DBrown December 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Here's a tip on staying open...improve your product! I'm gluten free, live 5min away and never go in. Rancid bread was enough to turn me off forever.


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