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Open Window Bakery Closes

It’s not deli, but it’s another Toronto Jewish food institution gone under. Sigh. Tears. Where will my dad get his dobosh cake?

From the Toronto Star:

Open Window Bakery closes after 54 years by Laurie Monsebraaten

The Open Window Bakery, one of Toronto’s oldest family-run bakeries closed Monday, throwing 150 employees out of work.

Tough economic times and changing shopping habits hurt the business, which resisted mechanization and prided itself on producing European-style hand-baked goods, said the company’s Chief Operating Officer Gail Agasi.

Agasi said she hopes new investors may be able to rescue the company her father, Max Feig, founded in 1957 after surviving the holocaust and coming to Canada with just $7.

“This is his legacy,” Agasi said in an interview. “That’s why I’m trying so hard.”

Agasi said she is particularly concerned about the company’s employees, many of whom worked for the bakery for 25 years.

The business, which at one time employed more than 250 and ran 10 corporate and franchise outlets, including its main bakery near the corner of Finch Ave. and Dufferin St., had just five stores when it closed, Agasi said.

The bakery’s specialty breads, buns, cakes and pastries were also sold through large supermarkets such as Longo’s and Highland Farms as well as numerous medium-sized grocery stores and scores of neighbourhood corner stores.

“The world turned upside-down, you could say, in 2008,” Agasi said.

“As consumers started watching their pennies, they weren’t choosing our products,” she said. “It’s because we don’t compromise on quality. A lot of this stuff is still made by hand.”

Agasi said “numerous companies” have shown interest in the business.

“I’m prepared to step down, if that’s what it takes,” she added.

3 Responses to “Open Window Bakery Closes”

  1. Howard Says:

    I remember Open Window bakery from the fifties when they used to deliver fresh bread, buns, bagels and pastries to our door early each morning. The driver was your “bakery man” and had his name on the side of the truck – Alex Vince. Yes, those were the days.

  2. Ostap Says:

    What an helpful post, maintain producing significant other

  3. Mike Dankowych Says:

    I believe, Royal Bakery has acquired some of the bread recipies from Open Window. At least the Carawaye/kimmel Rye which is excellent.

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