Double D’s Cheesecake was founded in 1998 and operated by two sisters, Darlene Landino and Dale Chenier. Since that time, Double D’s has been supplying Winnipeg with delicious, homestyle cheesecakes and great personalized service.
Darlene used to own a restaurant in Portage La Prairie, where she made a cheesecake from an old family recipe that she had doctored up a bit. Her cheesecake won first place for taste in a dessert contest at the Portage La Prairie Strawberry Festival, and her restaurant soon became the place to go for cheesecake.
Eventually, she sold the restaurant and Darlene moved back to Winnipeg as a single mom. All she knew was the restaurant business, having been in it since she was 16. Needing to find a job but not being prepared to put in long hours, she decided to sell her cheesecake to local restaurants. Darlene asked her sister Dale to join her, and Double D’s Cheesecake was born.
In the beginning, they worked out of a pizza restaurant which didn’t open till 4:00pm, so they could use the kitchen in the morning and early afternoon. Starting with one recipe and no customers, they began making calls to chefs, managers, and restaurant owners across the city. Now more than 40 of Winnipeg’s finest restaurants and Golf Courses are serving Double D’s Cheesecakes in their dining rooms, and many of them use the cheesecakes for banquets and weddings.
In July of 2001, they opened their own retail store and baking location on St. Anne’s Road. This marked the first time their product was available to the public. The day they opened their doors, sales tripled, Double D’s has been growing ever since!
After 5½ years, they outgrew their St. Anne’s Road location and in November of 2006, they moved once more to their current location on Meadowood Drive in St. Vital. Equipped with a larger production facility, they added an 18-seat coffee house. Now guests could sit and relax with a Mini cheesecake and a Latte or Cappuccino.
Everything at Double D’s is made from scratch, from the cheesecake to the caramel cinnamon buns, muffins, cookies and coffee cake. The coffee is locally roasted, and the espresso is ground fresh. Even the Fruit and Yogurt smoothies are made with real fruit, yogurt and apple juice.
Double D’s remains committed to supplying Winnipeg with light and creamy cheesecakes for many years to come. Fast becoming a new Winnipeg tradition, Double D’s Cheesecake is happy to be a part of so many family celebrations. The coffee shop is a great place to meet friends, relax after a busy day shopping at the mall, or to enjoy dessert after dinner or a movie.
From our family to yours, remember “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first”!
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