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Evanston cafe settles suit with ex-baker, gets back its recipes

Updated: April 18, 2012 1:33PM

A lawsuit filed by the owners of Fraiche Bakery and Cafe in Evanston against their former head baker, claiming she took “irreplaceable” recipes for pastries including the shop’s signature “Cinnamon Bombs” when she quit earlier this month has been settled just a day after being filed.

Cinnamon Bombs “are back in the cafe,” a lawyer for the owners said Wednesday.

Susan Davis Friedman, co-owner of Fraiche, had said in the suit, filed Tuesday, that the “unique and irreplaceable” recipes were developed and honed over a three-year period and were key to the business’ success.

The chef was hired soon after the plaintiffs, operating as Growing Lean Foods, bought the café in 2008. She tweaked existing recipes and brought in new customers with creations like the Cinnamon Bomb, a popular doughnut-like muffin covered in cinnamon and sugar, according to the suit.

The chef quit after an argument with Friedman on April 6, and the suit said she came back five days later and took binders of recipes for goodies including the Cinnamon Bomb and all of the café’s current cupcake offerings. By Wednesday, the parties had “come to an agreement” to settle, and the cafe was again serving Cinnamon Bombs, according to Benson Friedman, who is Susan David Friedman’s husband and lawyer.

He would not discuss specifics of the deal but said, “I think everyone is content with the resolution.”

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