Captain Cookie and the Milkman will open its doors Thursday after a five-and-a-half-month-long construction process.
Kirk Francis, the owner of Captain Cookie, said he first noticed the available lease in March and took it in July, with a plan to finish construction in 40 days. After running into unexpected complications with the construction company, the store will have its grand opening Thursday at 11 a.m.
“We’re going to be baking them throughout the day,” Francis said. “So the odds of getting a warm cookie are very high.”
The store has been a long time coming for Francis, whose original goal was to open a bakery. Instead, in 2011 he bought a food truck, which he said was a “rusty, rattling bucket of bolts” at the time, for $2,200 on Craigslist. The Captain Cookie food truck hit the streets in 2012 after Francis spent a year repairing it.
“I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies since I was 4 and obsessively perfecting and working on the recipes for everything,” said Francis, who eats between four and six cookies a day.