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Oct 26, 2006 12:11 AM

Pioneer Bakery on Rose

When did the Pioneer Bakery on Rose close? I remember it being open this summer. I loved that place - the cheap "used" bread, the fresh bread, the muffins and those strudel like creations. That was the first place I ever saw sourdough bread shaped like a lobster (back in the 80s).

What happened?

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  1. IIRC, if this is the place in Venice, there was a time in the '70's when it also featured a cafeteria/buffet with a pleasant patio dining area. That was a long time ago.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      That would have been the Pioneer Boulangerie on Main St. in Santa Monica. I was one of those who was sad to see it go.

      1. re: Sam D.

        When I was a very young kid we used to go that Pioneer Boulangerie on Main Street all the time. One year for my birthday my dad got them to make me a sourdough epi loaf in the shape of a dragon. Such fond memories of that place...

    2. Gold Coast Bakery closed the facility earlier this year and relocated some of the employees to Santa Ana, ref:
      Reportly there is some GC/Pioneer outlet on the corner of Montana and Lincoln in Santa Monica, but GC does not seem to have any web presence to verify this.
      Pioneer is now just a brand name for a industrial, non-artisanal food factory.

      1. Thanks for the info.

        I don't remember the cafeteria but my first visit was probably in around '83 as that's when we moved to Santa Monica. I swear, at least one of the women working there has been around as long as I can remember. I've seen the place on Montana, but have never been in.

        I feel so sad now, the bakery was a childhood favorite.

        1. Yes, it's unfortunate because it was a pretty reliable source for rolls when I needed tons of them quickly. They are supposedly going to turn the land into a condo development.

          1. Pioneer Bakery is indeed on Lincoln and Montana. They share a space with Panda Express. They still serve their great signature breads. Huge Shepherders loaf and sour dough baguettes. Huge variety of breads and pastries. They also make great cakes. I used to work at the Pioneer Boulangerie in the late 70's on Main Street in Santa Monica. What a great time that was. I can still smell hot rolls coming off the conveyor belt. As well as the restaurant, there was a cheese counter and great wine room. How I miss there. It was a sad day when they closed. The building is now torn down and becoming condos. So what else is new?!

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            1. re: misty

              We used to eat at the Boulangerie quite often! Good place.. their bread was a favorite. I haven't thought of that place in years.

              1. re: monkuboy

                They had great clam chowder soup and delicious green godess dressing!!! Believe it or not, their bread tastes the same as it did 25 years ago. I just came back from the bakery and bought some large french rolls and a sourdough loaf. yum!