Mathew Mattox

“Doughnut” panic, but this is the last week customers will be able to see Mathew Mattox behind the counter at Mad Ox Bakery.

Mattox grew up just a few blocks away from where the bakery now stands at 215 W. Broadway. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1998 and then studied architecture at Iowa State University. After meeting and working with Hy-Vee representatives, Mattox grew a quick fondness for the world of baking. He applied his architectural knowledge to the design and structure of wedding cakes, and that’s when his future career took off.

Mattox and his wife, Karris, opened Mad Ox in 2013, giving Council Bluffs a new option for unique and gourmet baked goods. As the years went by, Mattox said he enjoyed being ingrained in the community. He said the couple made countless relationships along the way.

Unfortunately for fans of the current walk-in space, Mad Ox will be closing its retail operations June 29. Saturday will be the last day to grab a dozen doughnuts to go or sit down for lunch. Mad Ox is transitioning to a home bakery and accepting orders in advance beginning July 1. The couple will focus on special orders, catering and specialty cakes from their home bakery. Cookies, breads, bars and everything, besides the lunch, will be available for pre-order. The couple put in an addition to their house to accommodate the new operation.

With one week of being open left, Mattox hopes to see regulars and new faces alike before ending Mad Ox Bakery’s retail operation. The business has been a labor of love for Mattox and his wife. That love will continue on, just in a different way.

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