When the popular Gäbi Coffee & Bakery opened on Spring Mountain Road in 2018, it did so with so little fanfare that it didn’t even put a sign on the door.
The cafe is still identifiable only by an eerily massive wooden door in the front – a door that immediately gives way to an airy space filled with 1920s Korean furniture, a glass atrium and lots of charm .
Gorae Management, the company that owns and operates Gabi, has now opened a new location in Henderson that specializes in pastries and donuts.
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry is the first of at least three new locations for the Gabi brand.
“At first the thing with Gäbi was that nobody knew it, but when you walked in it was a completely different world from the outside,” says Greg Kim, the executive chef of Gäbi Boutique. “And it’s the same here.”
Along with the vibrant murals and patterned wallpaper, the new location replicates the risers found at Café Gäbi (5808 Spring Mountain Rd #104) that encourage customers to take off their shoes and sit cross-legged on floor cushions and coffee tables.
Kim explains that a black-and-white photo of a man dressed in traditional Korean clothing at the original cafe became Gäbi’s mascot.
“No one knows, but this gentleman is actually a white man,” Kim explains. “And so, it’s the whole east-west vibe. He’s our western gentleman who went east and embraced the culture. So we have this huge mural of him as soon as you walk into the shop.
At 1,200 square feet, the store is about half the size of the original location. But Kim says the focus is on handmade donuts.
“We imagined this very soft yeast dough and had the idea of filling it with real cream,” says Kim.
The yeast donut menu includes a filling of Bavarian lemon cream and topped with toasted Swiss meringue. A version of Mexican hot chocolate is a croissant-style donut filled with hot chocolate cream spiced with cayenne pepper and cinnamon. The sweet purple ube donuts come in paper cups and the flower-shaped mochi donuts come in six different flavors.
The cafe menu offers traditional espresso drinks and more adventurous frozen drinks like peach yogurt and butterfly banana milk tea.
Kim expects a new Gäbi to open at Inspirada within a year, followed by boutiques on Spring Mountain Road and near UNLV. He adds that “something is in the works” for Summerlin.
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry (136 N Stephanie St Suite 130) is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There is a sign on the door.