Double D’s Cheesecake is owned and operated by two sisters, Darlene Landino and Dale Chenier. Founded in 1998, they have been supplying Winnipeg with delicious, homestyle cheesecakes and great-personalized service.
Darlene used to make a cheesecake at a restaurant she owned in Portage La Prairie. It was on old family recipe that she doctored up a bit. She entered it in a dessert contest at the Portage La Prairie Strawberry Festival. The cheesecake won first place for taste and her restaurant soon became “The” place to go for cheesecake.
The restaurant was sold and Darlene moved back home to Winnipeg. She was then a single mom, and had to find a job. All she knew was the restaurant business (she was in it since she was 16), and wasn’t prepared to put in the long hours. That is when she decided to sell her cheesecake to restaurants here in Winnipeg. Darlene asked her sister Dale to join her and Double D’s Cheesecake was born.
They worked out of a pizza restaurant, which didn’t open till 4:00, using the kitchen in the morning and early afternoon. Starting with one recipe and no customers, they began making calls to chefs, managers and restaurant owners across the city. Now there are over 40 of Winnipeg’s finest restaurants and Golf Courses serving Double D’s Cheesecakes in their dining rooms. Many of them use the cheesecakes for banquets and weddings.
In July of 2001, they opened their own retail store and baking location on St. Anne’s Road. That was the first time their product was available to the public. The day they opened their doors sales tripled, and it has been growing ever since.
After 5 1/2 years, they out grew their St. Anne’s Rd. location and moved once more. In November of 2006, they opened Double D’s Cheesecake & Coffee House on Meadowood in St. Vital. Equipped with a larger production facility, they added an 18 seat coffee house. Now you can sit and relax in their cozy shop, with a Mini cheesecake and a Latte or Cappuccino. Everything at Double D’s is made from scratch, from their cheesecake, to their caramel cinnamon buns, muffins, cookies and coffee cake. All of their coffee is locally roasted, and their espresso is ground fresh. Even their Fruit and Yogurt smoothies are made with real fruit, yogurt and apple juice. Their coffee shop is a great place to meet friends, relax after a busy day shopping at the mall, or enjoy dessert after dinner or a movie.
They are committed to supplying Winnipeg with light and creamy cheesecakes for many years to come. Fast becoming a new Winnipeg tradition, Double D’s Cheesecake is happy to be a part of so many family celebrations. From their family to yours, remember “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first”!