TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Tim and Lisa Jermyn will tell you that many food items contain gluten. They'll also tell you it's tough to avoid gluten completely.
The Jermyns have three children with celiac disease, which is a disease associated with an immune reaction when gluten is ingested.
In response, Lisa decided she wanted to open up Kith and Kin, a gluten-free bakeshop and bistro, about six years ago. It started off as a gluten-free bakery and has blossomed since then.
About five weeks ago, they opened up in their new location at 5850 South Transit Road.
Tim said after the lease expired at their previous location they purchased the building on South Transit, which was previously a doctor's office. After of year of work that including gutting the building and tearing down the walls, they opened up.
"It's nice. It's bigger. We've got a nice big parking lot," he said describing how it feels having the new location open. "It's like everything we can hope for. The Town of Lockport has been absolutely amazing. The town has been wonderful to work with."
The menu of the restaurant features a wide variety of items including: a variety of baked goods; pancakes; breakfast sandwiches; salads; fried pickles; macaroni and cheese balls; chicken fingers; pizza and many other common items.
Tim said they are able to produce all the items without gluten by using a mix of different flours.
He noted that Kith and Kin is currently the only dedicated gluten free restaurant and bakery in Niagara County and one of three in the Greater Buffalo Niagara area.
Some places "dabble" in offering gluten free and gluten options, but "the advantage to having a dedicated facility is there is no risk of cross contamination," Tim said.
All of the items are made from scratch since they are a lot of ingredients that might contain gluten.
For more information, check out kkbakeshop.com, which includes their menu.