Sunshine Bakery Under New Ownership

January 9, 2017|

When former owner of Sunshine Bakery Steven Kaplan chose to sell his 70-year-old family business, multiple offers poured in from business developers wanting to do anything but continue the restaurant’s legacy.

Except for Gene Gurley.

The former server at Village Deli, Frog Hollow Tavern and Rae’s Coastal Cafe is ready to breathe new life into the historic downtown restaurant. The establishment that has earned the title of Augusta’s best soup for numerous years will now be owned and managed by the man who was named the city’s best server for five years before the category was retired. In addition to his 16 years of food service, Gurley is accustomed to family-run businesses–his family owned Gurley’s Supermarkets and learned from his father and grandfather how to work and how to treat others.

“This is definitely what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said.

Gurley will be sprucing up the restaurant and updating the atmosphere, but the menu including the famous soups that Augusta has always loved will remain the same.


12 Responses to “Sunshine Bakery Under New Ownership”

  1. Susan
    January 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I just loved the double turkey special and bean and barley soup for so many years! Sad to see it go! Thank you got the best rye bread… napoleons snd Josephine’s around

  2. Phillip Williams
    January 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Glad to see this continuing. I’ve eaten there since the late 1960’s.

  3. Margaret Dunstan
    January 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Yahoo for you Gene! Can’t wait to see what you do. Looking for opening news, as I will be there.

  4. Rose McIver
    January 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Love this business and hope the bakery will also stay as they have some wonderful pastries that will never be found elsewhere.

  5. MaryLemon
    January 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Wishing Gene Huge Success!!

  6. Alison Bowles
    January 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Congrats Gene! I know you will make Sunshine shine brighter than ever!

  7. Patrick Reynolds
    January 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Yay! Best wishes Gene. You can be sure I’ll be by for that one-of-a-kind food.

  8. Lesia Price
    January 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm


    Joe and I wish you the best. We will be there for lunch soon!

    Lesia Hensley-Price

  9. MG & Jim Merz
    January 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    SO excited for Gene and for the Sunshine Bakery!
    Patience + Hard Work = Gene Gurley!

  10. Lydia presnell
    January 6, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I have a lifetime of fond memories at Sunshine Bakery. My mom, grandmama and I ate here for years together. I wish the best for Gene and can’t wait to visit after the sprucing up!

  11. Mary Anne Park
    January 7, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Great news. I love to go there for soup and sandwich. The

  12. Toni Giusto
    January 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Excellent news! Local boy makes good. Glad you care! See you soon….

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