Patrick Peteet is a pragmatic baker. When his real estate business went belly-up, he thought long and hard about what to do next. Remembering his aunt’s recipe for double-layer cheesecake, he started baking six cakes at a time a this house, selling them as quickly as they came out of the oven. At the height of Detroit’s recession, Patrick and his brother Chauncey made the decision to open their own bakery. They sell cheesecakes, cupcakes, ice cream, rolls, brownies and cookies our of Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes in a storefront on Detroit’s near west side.
In honor of the family’s Southern roots, the Peteets offer red velvet and sweet potato cheesecake variations, among a range of other popular flavors. They also sell the cakes wholesale and provide product to numerous Detroit restaurants. Output has expanded to 150 cakes per hour, and plans are in the works for another location and an online shop. The cheesecakes are sold whole ($25.95), in halves ($13.25 to $14.25) and by the slice ($3.50). Best of all, samples are free every day.
If the store’s rich, buttery aroma and the lines out the door are any indiciation, Peteet’s Cheesecakes are destined to become a Detroit-area classic.