You may not recognize him without his mask on these days, but underneath you will find the smiling face of Donald Stone, the General Manager of Bountiful Bread’s Stuyvesant Plaza location for the last 20 months. One of the main reasons people work in the hospitality industry is the relationships formed along the way. Those fortunate enough to find a place that feels like family, stay. “My favorite aspect of working for White Management and Bountiful Bread is the family aspect.”
The native Bostonian boasts over 38 years of experience in the restaurant industry, 15 years of which were in franchises and 18 years working in a bakery environment. After nearly four decades, he admits that it’s the people that keep him going. “I love all the friendships I’ve made with my guests over the years.” Those who have worked for the scratch bakery and cafe know that family extends outside the kitchen at Bountiful Bread. “I look forward to seeing a lot of, higher risk, regular guests that have been only able to receive curbside pick-up.”
The Stuyvesant Plaza location has been proudly serving fresh bread, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches to the community for 24 years. “I am proud that we are a true scratch bakery. Everything is made in-house, from our soups to our salad dressings. Not many restaurants can say that anymore.” Open seven days a week; Bountiful Bread offers a robust menu with signature items and make-your-own options. With so many choices, it can be hard to pick favorites, but if he had to, “my favorite item is the Black & Bleu Sandwich, closely followed by AJW Salad.”
When he’s not at Bountiful Bread, you can find him catching a Red Sox or Bruins game, hitting the links, or spending time with his wife of 32 years and his 3 children in Glens Falls, NY.