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    Monday, March 27, 2023

    Out and About: Another success for Sift seems baked in

    Pastry Chef Adam Young, who owns and operates Sift, pipes filing onto an almond croissant on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the bake shop in Mystic. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Ever wonder what’s happening on the second level of Sift Bakery in Mystic now that they took over the building?

    I’ll tell you what. They will have a separate outdoor business up there featuring tapas, drinks, live music and, perhaps, yoga. They haven’t decided on a new name, but I am sure it will be fun and appealing.

    Sift’s owner, Adam Young, 35, is on a winning streak. He’s got that Midas touch.

    Within the first year of business, Young already had a successful, sustainable business, which is unusual. No wonder Chelsea Groton Bank agreed to give the business a second loan.

    Sift, at 5 Water St., is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. They have a line out the door on weekends and regular customers who come two to three times a day.

    After winning the Food Network Show “Best Baker in America” in 2018 and beating nine chefs from all over the world, what is there to do but keep expanding his horizons?

    Trust me, after interviewing this guy, I wondered if he gets any sleep at all or even needs it. After opening the original bakeshop in 2016, he still works six days a week, with no sign of stopping.

    The multimillion-dollar investment Young is making will include a bar with full service on the deck, ready for a spring 2020 opening. I have no doubt that it will do well too.

    As we were sitting there for the interview, the expansion had already started and Young was helping to drywall. Talk about a Jack of all trades!

    Before he started Sift, Young served as head pastry chef at the Ocean House. He thrives on making quick judgments and multitasking like mad. He sometimes is still asked to be a judge on “Best Baker in America.”

    “I’m comfortable talking about the intricacies of baking and explaining it to people. I make a good judge,” he says nonchalantly.

    He is very articulate but not snobby at all. You want to know this guy and hang out with him. He is a natural.

    While working at the Ocean House, he met his wife, Ebbie, who was the assistant to the vice president and who still does all the social media, which means she’s on Facebook and Instagram and answers all the guest correspondence.

    They have two daughters now, Stella, 3, and newborn Eva.

    Still, Young works 80 hours a week closes only three days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

    This December, he will be a judge on the Food Network show “The Holiday Gingerbread Showdown.” It runs the whole month of December.

    Why should he stop now? “Working on television is very stressful but I enjoy it!” Young said.

    You could never tell if he was feeling stressed, and that’s why he does so well on television. He is the perfect judge: personable, articulate and exacting.

    The last expansion happened in 60 days, and Sift closed for only 11 of them, so get ready for the expansion in the spring. It’s right around the corner.

    Shari Lynne Rosenthal lives in Stonington.

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