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Piedogrotta in Cross Street Market closed

JonParker Jan 17, 2009 01:15 PM

Went to Piedogrotta in Cross Street Market for tirasimu and cannoli today, and were told that they're closed effective Monday. Apparently the faltering economy isn't supporting the branch store.

This is a huge loss for the Federal Hill area.

  1. JonParker Jan 21, 2009 05:25 AM

    Update, and this is very strange. Went to the market yesterday, and the Piedogrotta stall is cleaned out -- all the food gone, the cash register, nothing left but a freezer full of cookies and such. The counter person had told me they were closing, so that was expected.

    What wasn't expected was the sign that says they're on vacation until the 31st of January. Most place don't clean everything out when going on vacation, and they sure look closed for good, so I don't know what that's about. Will post an update when i have one.

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      charmedgirl Jan 21, 2009 07:36 AM

      My family knows Antonio and Bruna pretty well, and Antonio mentioned to us that they were closing the Cross St location. They originally opened it when it became apparent they were losing the Central Ave address but not yet clear to where they were moving. Originally they opened the stall at Cross St to ensure that if there were a lag between when the Central Ave shop closed and the new one opened, they would still have a presence. Luckily, Bank St came through in time for a seamless transition, but they kept the Cross St. location anyways. I'm not sure all the ins and outs of closing Cross St. now, but I do know that in a conversation a few weeks ago they said that was the plan.

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      KAZ Jan 18, 2009 06:51 AM

      Ahh, that is a bummer but fortunately the Little Italy bakery is not that far away. I always thought that they tried to stock too much selection in the Cross Street Market and that left alot of stuff hanging around. The Little Italy location seems to move through the product more and thus fresher baked goods.

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        JonParker Jan 18, 2009 02:16 PM

        The problem for me is that even in cold or hot weather the Cross Street location was within easy walking distance -- it was never a big deal to pop over for a loaf of bread (and that's been my go-to bread place). Now there's nothing in the area that's comparable at all.

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          pigtowner Jan 19, 2009 08:45 AM

          I'm with you Jon, I don't want to drive over the other side of President St. every time I want a loaf of bread. I think we should start a west-side bread co-op. I can bake on Sundays :)

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