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A smart move for a Dallas couple who reinvented themselves as bakers

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – They say happiness is homemade, and it certainly is for Tyler Rooney.

He was a chef for years in many different kitchens. But when the pandemic hit, he and his wife were both laid off. Like many others, they stopped, reassessed and thought “what do we really want to do?”

The next few months would prove crucial for their careers as they forged a new path.

“I just started cooking for the neighborhood, super small, and it grew from there,” Rooney said.

Cooking every day in the setting of his crafty Oak Cliff neighborhood, Rooney began to fulfill a dream he had always had.

“I always wanted to make the transition from Chef to Baker, but the timing just wasn’t right.” He said.

He says COVID-19 came with a silver lining.

“We took the leap. We took the risk. We took our stimulus money and I bought a blender. And I bought some equipment and we continued to recycle the money back into the business. We always bake all the pastries in our home double oven,” Rooney said.

It was then that Oak Cliff Bread was born. The Town’s village bakery.

In the kitchen of Tyler’s house, he and his wife gather ingredients, test recipes and bake more bread than you can imagine.

They’ve opened a shop at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, but if you don’t catch them early, they sell out.

“When we sell, someone will come by and say, ‘Oh, you underestimated.’ and I say… “That’s not an estimate. It’s full capacity, what we can cook.”

In just two years, business is officially booming, supporting not only his family, but also the mouths of his community.

At a time when Oak Cliff is experiencing a wave of revitalization, he says his success is also Oak Cliff’s success.

“We are very honored to be part of this community. We want to stay here, and we want to continue to enrich the food scene. We are dedicated to Oak Cliff and we are happy to make the town a little tastier,” says Rooney.

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