New pastries and confections will soon be
available downtown when chocolatier Frank Vollkommer opens his second Chocolate
Mill at 382 Broadway. The bakery and confectionery will be located next-door to
Boca Bistro, where Johnny’s Italian Ice Cream used to be.
The pastry shop will sell a variety of handmade
artisan foods, including cakes, cookies, pastries, confections, savory, and
more. The Chocolate Mill will also offer special-occasion cakes to order,
including wedding cakes. A full line of chocolates will be made on the premises.
Barista coffee drinks will be available, but the Saratoga
store will not offer breakfast and lunch like the original Glens Falls Chocolate
All the Chocolate Mill’s products are made from
scratch, according to Vollkommer. For those who would like to take a bit of the
shop experience home with them, merchandise is available: boxed chocolates, coffees,
teas, mugs, towels, aprons, and assorted gift baskets. Products can be shipped
The shop is a balanced blend of old-world charm
and new-world sophistication, he said.
Vollkommer, a Saratoga
native, is an exclusive certified master pastry chef and has been an instructor
at the Culinary Institute of America. He originally studied at the New England
“After school, I worked my way up from dish-washer
to chef,” he said. “Now I am certified by the American Culinary Federation.
Only four people in the country have recently taken that 10-day exam.”
Vollkommer’s first Chocolate Mill has been at 164
Glen Street, Glens Falls, for
three years. It offers all the edibles of the Saratoga
store, as well as a full-service coffee bar and café. Customers can dine in or
The master pastry chef decided to venture into Spa
City because a notable percentage
of his Glens Falls customers live
in or around Saratoga, and had
requested he open a southern location.
“I am looking forward to the culture of Saratoga
Springs; being immersed in that,” he said. “My store
and my brand belong there. It feels great to be home.”
Vollkommer hopes to open in time for Saratoga’s
First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve. His projected hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and
until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday to
cater to the post-restaurant crowd.