Kneaders' seventh restaurant and bakery opened in October in north Lehi on S.R. 92 near the Highland City boundary.
Co-owned by family and friends, Curtis and Laura Smith, Shauna and Andrew Smith, Stewart and Amy Cameron; and Kaye Smith, the Lehi Kneaders Bakery and Cafe is their first franchise.
"It's a great location for healthy, fresh food in the north part of Utah County," said Curtis Smith. He said the drive-through feature of the store was a key selling point for busy moms driving in from SR 92 with kids in the van wanting a quick and healthy meal.
The Lehi Kneaders is much larger, 3200 square feet, more than twice the size of the original bakery in Orem.
"Every one has been progressively larger and has been more updated," Smith said.
His in-laws started the Kneaders Bakery franchise with a bakery and cafe in the late 1990s.
'We set ourselves apart by making everything fresh everyday from scratch," he said. "Kneaders is fresh, with from scratch, consistent recipes."
Breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches, Kneaders is an old world bakery with modern conveniences.
Smith said their family uses natural luvan, a wild yeast which he said is a natural way of leavening that has been handed down and passed on from the first loaf 11 years ago.
Kneaders Corporation is always developing new recipes and is continually adding to the restaurant menu.
"It's all about the bread," reads the Kneaders Web site at www.kneadersbakery.com. Italian hearth stone ovens are used to bake bread daily.
The owners, the Smiths and the Camerons, have been excited and surprised by the positive response of the public to a Lehi Kneaders.
"We want people to fee at home, to relax and enjoy the wonderful food," he said.
Kneaders most popular meal is a turkey, bacon and avocado panini with hand pulled turkey roasted fresh in its juices.
Smith said the BLT is his favorite too. "It's the best, that's why its so popular."
The store caters to parties, receptions, business events, weddings, with a variety of selections -- platters, box lunches, buffet style, continental breakfast.
Kneaders is taking orders for its pies and breads for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"Put your orders in early," Smith said and smiled. "There is only so much we can make in a day."