New owners at Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery in Flagstaff

(adapted to article written by Betsy Bruner, photo by Betsy Bruner) BrandysDraytonsBrandy and Ed Wojciak are excited to announce that they have sold their restaurant, Brandy's Restaurant and Bakery, to the restaurant's general manager and his wife. The two couples announced this news at the Local First Arizona mixer in Flagstaff on May 14th. The transfer of ownership took place Monday, April 28 at the award-winning Brandy's Restaurant & Bakery on East Cedar Avenue.

After 20 years of running Brandy’s and 38 years in the restaurant business, Brandy and Ed Wojciak retired after selling to general manager and close family friend Kelsey Drayton, and his wife Jamie Drayton. They are looking forward to retirement and they are excited to know that the restaurant will be in good hands with the Draytons.

“We want this whole thing to be a warm exchange,” Brandy said. “They’re part of the family.”

Kelsey started work at Brandy’s at age 15, before promotion to a counter position, then baker and server. This work paid his way through NAU, where he and Jamie were both music students.

Moving to Los Angeles in 2004 after graduation, they pursued corporate careers, before discussions with the Wojciaks about purchasing Brandy’s led to their return to Flagstaff. It was then that Kelsey trained as general manager and became and integral part of the Brandy's team.

After almost 4 years of planning, the Draytons completed copious paperwork and secured a bank loan. Kelsey will continue to operate the restaurant as owner, supervising 22 employees, while Jamie will help with marketing and finances.

brandy restaurantThe couple will keep the Brandy’s name, continue the famous on-site art exhibits and make no immediate changes in operation.

“We want to keep the legacy alive,” Jamie said.

Congratulations to the Wojciaks and the Draytons on their respective new adventures! Local First Arizona wishes you well and is so proud to have you as part of our northern Arizona membership! For more information, please check out the recent article in the Arizona Daily Sun, or visit Brandy's website for menus, business hours and art show information.

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