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Pan De Vida Reopens in Granada With a New Breath of Life

by Elinor Maroney.

Been missing those good cinnamon rolls from Pan De Vida? Well, they’re back! The new owners, Kevin Newton and Sarah DeClue, have reopened the new and improved Pan De Vida Brick Oven Bakery and Café on lower Calzada. They now have items for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as all the baked goods you should recognize from Pan De Vida; whole grain breads, sweet breads featuring many fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget the cookies and cinnamon rolls!

Kevin and Sarah both hail from Austin, Texas. Kevin has worked in construction and transportation and for the last 5 years he managed at a computer technology company.  After relocating to Granada, Kevin has spent the last couple of months overseeing the remodel of the bakery’s colonial house. Sarah has been involved in the food, beverage and hospitality industry for over 15 years; working as a personal chef for 5 years, the last two of which, she ran her own company called Sarah’s Chef Services. She says future plans for the space behind the bakery include a courtyard bar, a new restaurant kitchen and full service meals. We are looking forward to it!

Some of you may recognize Silvio Mairena, who worked with the previous owners, and has stayed on with Kevin and Sarah in charge of baking most of their breads. He is a great bread maker and wonderful conversationalist. Joining him behind the antique work table is Wilfredo Artola, who after training for 2 weeks in the Managua bakery, has taken to pizza making fabulously. He makes fresh pizza and calzone dough, helps Sarah with lunches and dinners – all with a charming smile. I got to watch – and listen – while he took the skins off garlic cloves by shaking them vigorously between two metal pans, a new trick I’d never seen before, noisy but very effective! Silvio and Wilfredo are welcoming smiles in front of the ovens, a true asset of the bakery.

At present, the menu offers wood fired pizzas and calzones with fresh homemade pizza sauce, fresh vegetables and an assortment of cheeses. The menu also boasts a few specialty pizzas such as the breakfast pizza featuring ham & eggs along with a BBQ Chicken and Hawaiian pizza. They also offer a variety of freshly made sandwiches (Sarah whips up her grandmother’s chicken and tuna salad on a daily basis), along with their yeast and sweet breads, cookies and cinnamon rolls. More furniture will be arriving soon for patron seating in the bright atrium behind the “dueling” wood fired ovens where most of the baking is done. The shop is also selling multiple coffee brands, handmade soaps, coconut oil, organic cacao, and local fruit jellies – with a promise of more to come.

Pan de Vida will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily except they plan to close at 3:00pm on Sunday. Extended hours are possible on Fridays and Saturdays. Look for them on facebook.com/pandevidagranada and Instagram @granadapandevida.  They are trying to make the necessary changes on TripAdvisor, but reviews can still be posted and are encouraged. A little birdie told me that discounts are offered to those who post reviews!

Located on Calle Calzada three blocks towards the lake.

Inquiries and comments may be sent to pandevidagranada@gmail.com

  • – – Elinor Maroney is a potter who participates with Potters for Peace in Nicaragua. She loves to eat and loves to write!l

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2 Comments

  1. mike hotel julieta

    February 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I did not see the address or coordintes and assumme it is in Granada

  2. Hubie Martello

    February 7, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Wife & I moving to Granada this Dec 1st.
    We have been waiting for 37 years to do this.
    The wife retires Dec 1. I retired in 2013 and have been waiting
    We are both so excited. We know exactly what and where we want
    To live out and enjoy the rest of our lives. GRANADA will be or base
    With many other ports of call to drop anchor.
    See ya soon!