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Crumbs Bake Shop Opens in the Loop

By Soyoung Kwak in Food on Jan 8, 2011 5:30PM

Photo of Crumbs' Red Velvet cupcakes by Mr. T in DC
It looks like cupcakes might be taking over the Loop: Crumbs Bake Shop, a famous bakery based in New York City (of course), opened yesterday and gave away 1,000 muffin-sized cupcakes. Normally, the muffin-sized signature cupcakes at Crumbs costs $3.75 each, but less monstrous cupcakes go for $2.99 each.

Rumor has it that the bake shop plans on opening up six more shops within Chicago this year. Possible locations could be in Lincoln Park and Bucktown, downtown and even the suburbs.

It sounds like Crumbs has a cult following back home in NYC, but will its popularity translate here in Chicago? Recently, Chicago has been an attractive area for outside bakeries to come in and open up shop. The Loop and downtown areas are already sprinkled with numerous cupcake shops, and there's even a cupcake van that drives around the city to boot. Even Magnolia Bakery wants to expand into Chicago. No matter how much we resist, cupcakes keep finding a way into our hands (and stomachs).

Were you able to grab a free cupcake from Crumbs yesterday? If so, we hope it was delicious and satisfying.