Two more bakeries run out of dough

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A 107-year old bakery on the West Side of St. Paul has closed. Jerabek's New Bohemian Bakery, beloved for its tasty pies, cakes and Czech delicacies, shuttered its downtown skyway satellite as well.

The Pioneer Press reported the owners of the landmark bakery announced the closure on their Facebook page Sunday, citing "physical, financial and emotional challenges."

Less than a month ago, the Star Tribune reported that many small retail bakeries face tough times due to increasing competition, tight credit from banks and changing dietary habits.

The paper noted that four metro area stand-alone bakeries closed in the past 15 months, including Coffee and Cake in Mendota Heights, Jack’s Bakery in ­Brooklyn Park, Hans’ Bakery in Anoka, and Tschida Bakery and Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul. The story added that Sara Lee/Taystee outlets closed in Eagan, Richfield and White Bear Lake, and seven Hostess/Wonder Bread outlet stores shut down when the company went into bankruptcy.

The Business Journal countered the article with a list of new bakeries that have recently opened. They include Mainstreet Gourmet Bakery in Wayzata, the Buttered Tin in St. Paul's Lowertown, Hell's Kitchen's Angel Food Bakery and the Black Walnut Bakery in downtown Minneapolis.

The story found that some premium bakeries are thriving and growing. It notes that Rustica in Minneapolis has expanded into the wholesale business and that there's often a line of customers at Patisserie 46 in Minneapolis.

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