Step aside, Cronut—the Bay Area’s Third Culture Bakery is coming to Colorado, and its mochi muffins are next in line to break the internet. Denverites will be able to do it for the ’gram (and, more important, the deliciousness) this summer, when Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu debut their first non-California outpost in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. Beyond the shop’s beloved mochi muffins and doughnuts—the glutinous rice-flour base results in a crisp exterior and a dense, chewy center—you can expect to find waffles, custard cakes, and sparkling lychee drinks when the partners, in business and in life, open their doors on East Colfax Avenue.

This article was originally published in 5280 May 2019.

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen

Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.