TOWANDA - Chris and Heidi Carr of Towanda recently opened the Flying Cow Bakery & Cafe at the corner of State Street and the Merrill Parkway in Towanda Borough.

Chris Carr, who has many years of experience in the food service industry as well as an associate's degree from the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vt., said he has a "passion" to open this kind of business, and had wanted to do so for the past couple of years. He also said he felt that Towanda would be a good place to locate it, since there is no other bakery in town.

The business sells various kinds of sandwiches, including specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, donuts, muffins, cakes, pies and other desserts.

Chris Carr said he bakes the bread that is used in the sandwiches. The homemade bread can also be purchased by the loaf.

The Carrs say there is more seating than was available when the building was occupied by Ella's Deli or the Table Rock Meat Market.

The Flying Cow Bakery & Cafe has three booths, each of which seats four adults, as well as three bistro tables, each of which seats two people.

Chris Carr said he plans to add seating on the outdoor deck when the weather breaks.

The sandwiches are all available as paninis. Paninis are prepared using a machine that presses the sides of sandwich together and grills the sandwich.

The business opened Feb. 4.

Heidi Carr said the feedback from the public has been positive.

"People have been really happy with it (the business)," she said. "They love the homemade bread."

The soups are also available in bread bowls.

Chris Carr said he has held a variety of jobs in the past in the food service industry, including serving as the main cook at Sammy's restaurant in Wysox Township and as a night cook at AJ's Family Restaurant in Wysox Township.

The Carrs had also run the Victorian Charm in Towanda for nine months, until last June.

All of the food sold at the Flying Cow Bakery & Cafe is also available to take out.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or e-mail: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.