Customers looking for the Georgestown Bakery’s famous bagels, breads and croissants were met with signs indicating the popular French-style bakery would be closed indefinitely for personal reasons. The owner could not be reached for comment.
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The distinctive scent of fresh bread was missing from a downtown neighbourhood this weekend and it’s unclear when it will return.
The Georgestown Bakery, on the corner or Hayway Avenue and Maxse Street, has multiple hand-written signs posted in its windows indicating “the bakery is closed indefinitely for personal reasons.”
Owner Stephen Lewis could not be reached for comment.
As it does every year, the bakery was closed for approximately two weeks for holidays and was expected to open again on Sept. 8.
Across the street at the Georgestown Café and Bookshelf, owner Stephanie Stoker says she’s been inundated with inquiries about her business neighbour, but she has no information to share.
“The sign says it’s for personal reasons and to me that’s the end of it,” says Stoker, whose business had been selling the bakery’s famous bagels as part of its menu.
Sources familiar with the business suggest the closure is not permanent and the bread will once again rise.
The Georgestown Bakery has operated since 2002 and over the last 15 years has developed a huge following of regular patrons thanks to the selection of breads, bagels, croissants and other baked goods.
“It’s the closest thing to a Montreal bagel or artisan-style bread that we have here in the city,” says Barry Roberts, who has been a customer since the beginning and shops there twice a month. “It’s a small neighborhood company. I like supporting it.”
Roberts stopped into the bakery on Friday morning to pick up some goods only to find it closed. He’s hopeful the personal matters are not too serious and that it gets resolved.
“It would be quite a loss to the character of the neighbourhood and to the city in terms of something that’s local and has a unique style to it.
“From a culinary point of view it’s a place I take a lot of friends and family to when they do come to visit, so it would certainly be a lost culinary icon.”