Wednesday, March 9, 2022

#Baonanas bringing their version of banana pudding to 7th Street

Photo by Steven

An outpost of #Baonanas — a company selling its take on banana pudding and other desserts — is opening at 93 E. Seventh St. just east of First Avenue. 

The shop had a sneak preview this past weekend... and is expected to be open at the end of the week. 

Real-life couple Trisha Villanueva and Lloyd Ortuoste started the business in Jersey City in 2014. Some background per the #Baonanas website:
[I]n April 2014, a close friend recommended that we sell our banana pudding to help fund a repair for Lloyd's car, Ella, a sonic yellow 2004 Subaru WRX Impreza STI, who was in a fender bender. So we started the hashtag #Baonanas on Instagram. We were amazed by the community's reaction to our silly little hashtag.
Here's more on their desserts via a 2020 feature on ABC 7: "Using Leche flan, the Filipino version of creme caramel, instead of regular boxed jello, Lloyd and ... Trisha ... have been able to develop innovative flavors and a fluffy mousse texture."

Find their menu of 30-plus flavors here

Aside from the Jersey City outpost, you can find #Baonanas at Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and Williamsburg in the fall. 

This spot has been vacant since the original location of Luke's Lobster closed here in 2019 ... after they had outgrown the space. As founders Luke Holden and Ben Conniff wrote back then: "It's time for 93 E. 7th Street to help launch someone else's dream, and we can't wait to visit and support it."


Anonymous said...

yum! can't wait to try it.

MrNiceGuy said...

Banana pudding is highly underrated, this place looks awesome! Very cute story with the couple's fender bender turning into a business, best of luck to them!

Anonymous said...

This looks absolutely fire, can’t wait. Also, I like how they included the name of their car. Hope Ella is doing well, and hope their business does well in the EV!

Emily said...

There's always money in the banana stand.

Anonymous said...

I have an enormous sweet tooth. I am also a resident of 7th street. I will patronize this spot quite a bit. Best of luck to them. Welcome to our hood :)

dmbream said...

THIS PLACE IS DELICIOUS. Try the OG Banana. Change your life.

Anonymous said...

Stopped by on Sunday. So good! Try the vegan buko pandan. Not too sweet :)