The owners of Food Fix Butcher & Baker in downtown Modesto are taking over the former Barkin’ Dog restaurant space to build a new bakery. Photographed in Modesto, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. ANDY ALFARO AALFARO@MODBEE.COM

Downtown Modesto gets sweeter. Owners of popular restaurant to open next-door bakery

in Food/Food & Drinks

They met in a bakeshop and now they’re going to own one.

Husband-and-wife team Hank and Ashley Olson have come a long way since they met at their culinary school bakeshop. Now, a dozen years, four children, one food truck and a restaurant later, they’re about to accomplish their shared culinary dreams together.

Seven years ago, they started humbly, opening the Food Fix Truck painted bright orange in what would become their signature color. The truck became a hit on Modesto streets, attracted celebrity endorsements with visits from famous TV chefs like Alton Brown and even was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Four years later, the Olsons took the next step, a big one, and opened Food Fix Butcher & Baker on 11th Street in the heart of downtown Modesto. The brick-and-mortar restaurant, ironically built in the hull of a failed bakery-restaurant combo, was another labor of love the two embarked on together.

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