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Moving from the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio’s picturesque Alta Vista neighborhood, Scratch Kitchen recently debuted at 607 W. Russell Place.

Nestled on the corner of San Pedro Avenue, the new kitchen and bakery is inside a Victorian-style home filled with antique furnishings left by the previous owners.

Owner Becky Medellin got her love of cooking from her parents. Her father was a Navy food specialist and her mother busied herself in the kitchen at home.

Medellin, a self-taught baker, started by taking orders at home for cakes and cupcakes. Later, she opened a storefront in Edinburg.

She heard the term “scratch kitchen” and loved the concept behind the name.

“I liked what it meant: Everything made in-house, everything is fresh,” Medellin said.

Last winter the shop in Edinburg closed and Medellin moved to San Antonio after her husband was offered a job in the area.

Scratch Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch items, specializing in sandwiches including the Monte Cristo, soups, chicken salad and other classics.

Desserts include cupcakes, cheesecakes, lemon squares and chocolate mousse. Scratch Kitchen offers gluten-free and vegan options, and gets its coffee beans from local roaster White Elephant Coffee Co.

Patrons also receive free mini cupcakes with their orders.

Scratch Kitchen offers catering, including boxed lunches, party trays, tea sandwiches, fruits and vegetables.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday.

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