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The beehive is back! Hans' Bakery in Anoka readies its return

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There's a buzz building about Hans' Bakery (1423 5th Ave., Anoka) which is preparing for a grand reopening later this month.

The Pioneer Press reports the longtime Anoka landmark will begin selling pastries, breads and its signature "Beehive" – a layered pastry filled with custard and topped with slivered almonds – on Feb. 22.

The bakery, which has been shuttered since 2010, will reopen with a new owner. Kelly Olsen found some of the original recipes that Hans' Bakery was famous for. She plans to sell traditional German fare that made the bakery a longtime favorite, including rye breads, pastries, Black Forest tortes and the XXL Texas Doughnut. The menu will also offer lunch options, featuring soups, salads and sandwiches on fresh bakery bread.

Olsen's path to the business was featured on Food Network's "Buy This Restaurant" program earlier this month. After founder Hans Birkner died in 1998, the bakery changed hands several time before going through foreclosure. The equipment was repossessed and copper thieves even ransacked the place. Olsen's purchase price for the battered 60-year-old building was near $30,000.

Last August, the Star Tribune published a story about Olsen's renovation of the vintage bakery, which was more exhaustive than she had originally anticipated and pushed back the original opening day by five months.

Earlier this month, Olsen brought some of the signature goodies to the KARE 11 Sunrise kitchen to get mouths watering. Olsen said she knew the bakery had promise when she put up a Facebook page and had more than 2,000 followers in a matter of hours. The number of followers has since risen to about 12,000.

Olsen said she has heard from from other area restaurants, gas stations and businesses who would like to carry her baked goods, and she is working on a wholesale program as well.

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