Milk Bar Bakery | History of Milk Bar
2005

A STAR IS BORN

christina joins the momofuku family (her title was “etc.”) and becomes the first pastry chef for the restaurant group!

2007

SOFT SERVE GOES LIVE

christina buys the first (of a cuss-ton!) of soft serve machines and sets it up at momofuku noodle bar.

2007

CEREAL MILK IS INVENTED

christina concocts the first batch of cereal milk, which she turns into into a fancy dessert at momofuku ko that is an immediate hit with diners.

2008

INTRODUCING: MILK BAR!


November

milk bar opens on november 15, 2008. from 6am-3am, we churn out compost cookies, crack pie, naked layer cakes and a whole lot more.

2008

IT’S SPRINKLE TIME

we debut our famous birthday cake (after two years in the test kitchen) AND our classic b’day truffles.

fun fact: cake truffles started as a snack we made for ourselves from cake scraps, but they were so darn good that we added them to our official menu.

2008

LET’S GET MARRIED!

we make and deliver milk bar’s first wedding cake to a very happy couple.

2008

USA! USA! USA!

we start spreading the milk bar love nationwide! our storefront is bursting at the seams with boxes, ice packs and tape.

2009

MOVING ON UP

we move our baking HQ from our tiny east village store to a 1,200 sq ft space in east harlem. christina doubles as our chauffeur and milk bar’s first delivery woman.

2010

ANOTHER BUN IN THE OVEN

we open milk bar #2 in midtown manhattan in april!

2010

NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

we move across the river to our new home in williamsburg, an 11,000 sq ft kitchen, where we finally have space for double dutch competitions in the driveway when we’re done baking.

fun fact: we name all of our walk in refrigerators after celebrities and movie characters (Luke Sky Walk In!)

2010

RIDE-OR-DIE

we name our first #hardbody of the month: our nickname for a milk bar employee who goes above and beyond the milk bar call of duty. It’s become one of our favorite company traditions.

2010

C IS FOR COOKIE


november

we buy our first cookie scooping machine because our hands can’t keep up!

2011

STORES ON STORES

we open stores #3 and #4 on the upper west side (june) and in williamsburg (september)!

fun fact: our uws store used to be an insurance office and our williamsburg shop used to be one giant electrical closet! #upgrade

2011

RECIPES FOR THE PEOPLE!

christina’s first cookbook, momofuku milk bar, hits the shelves in october 2011.

fun fact: thanks to our recipes, acetate orders on amazon go through the roof!

2011

THANKSGIVING IN A CROISSANT (YES, THAT’S RIGHT)


november 1

we create the thanksgiving croissant — turkey day dinner nestled in a stuffing-flavored croissant. miracles do happen!

fun fact: we bring the croissant back to our menu every november and make more than 15,000 each holiday season.

2012

MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’

we move our og east village store across the street, and open store #5 in carroll gardens, brooklyn. milk bar’s employee count reaches 100. our little family is gettin’ grown!

fun fact: our ev store used to be a laundromat. #squeakyclean

2012

GOING FOR GOLD


may

christina nabs the james beard rising star chef award!

fun fact: she’s the only pastry chef to ever win in this coveted category.

2012

STEP ASIDE, BETTY CROCKER!


2012

we launch baking mixes nationwide.

2013

O CANADA


2013

milk bar goes international and opens shop in toronto, canada!

fun fact: our toronto store is self-serve, so you feel like a true kid in a candy shop.

2013

CLASS IS IN SESSION


february 2013

we start teaching milk bar baking classes in the kitchen after hours because the secrets to crack pie and bday cake are meant to be shared!

2013

GETTING FANCY


october 2013

we buy our second big piece of machinery – a cookie packaging machine – so we can bake, cool, package, and sticker a mountain of cookies in a single day!

2015

GOING FOR GOLD (AGAIN!)


may 2015

mama tosi takes home her second james beard award for outstanding pastry chef!

2015

MILK BAR LIFE


2015

cookbook #2 hits the shelves!

2015

MILK BAR FOR PRESIDENT


October 2015

store #9 opens in washington dc.

fun fact: we have a 3000 sq ft kitchen just below the dc store.

2016

NEW CLASSROOM DIGS


january 2016

we build a brand new classroom around the corner from our williamsburg kitchen, and begin offering classes week long. come one, come all!

2016

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE


summer 2016

our customized cake program, Milk ID launches and you get to design your own layer cake!

2016

CAN’T DO IT ALONE


2016

we partner with family-owned and female-run kitchens around the US to help us meet quality and demand. crack pie kitchen! cookie kitchen! gluten-free kitchen! we grow our family of kitchens through like minded #hardbodies. our bonds with these incredible teams mean more milk bar for everyone.

2016

VEGAS, BABY!


december 2016

we spread our wings out west and open a store in las vegas at the cosmopolitan resort! #whathappensinvegas

2016 + 2017

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP


2016 + 2017

we open shops in chelsea, nolita, west village, and fidi. 12 and counting!
#highkick

2017

$$$


2016 + 2017

after nine years of incredible growth and bootstrapping, we receive our first-ever outside investment, helping propel our dreams further than ever before. watch out world!

2018

RIGHT NOW!

today and everyday our team, whether in the kitchen, the shipping department, a shop nearby, or beyond, is dreaming up ways to make the world a little sweeter for YOU. stay tuned for more surprises!