MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A corner bakery that had been a part of the St. Paul community for more than 100 years, has closed its doors.
Jerabek’s New Bohemian Bakery and Coffeehouse on the westside of St. Paul closed on Sunday.
The bakery’s Facebook page said, “We cannot express in words the pain involved in the decision to suspend operations at Jerabek’s. Numerous physical, financial and emotional challenges have made us unable to properly lead and run the business.”
They went on to say, “We feel shame and remorse that we are are so sudden in our inability to continue to serve you, please understand that recent circumstances forced us to act quickly.”
Still, they said they were thankful to everyone for their outpouring of support.
“Our personal obligations and stresses have piled up to a breaking point that we need to address before we lose the things in our lives that are most important to us. Our neighbors and regular customers have been so wonderful that we cannot thank you all enough for the support you gave our institution, and we thank you for your recent outpouring of support once word was out that we were halting service,” the message states.
They also appealed to the community to help their staff find new jobs.
“Our wonderful staff were the motivation to keep us going over the past few months when we worked on our personal challenges, and we are indebted to them in many ways. I know they will be looking for new work, and if you could find it in your heart to point them toward any open doors you may know of, it would be a huge help for our community. They are talented people with big hearts,” they said.
A Czech immigrant named Ed Jerabek started the bakery in 1906 and they continued using his recipes all these years.