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Annarosa's Bakery moving to Salisbury

Just found out from my mother (who went to Newburyport's Farmers Market this morning, the first day they were open) that Annarosa's is moving to some place in Salisbury - she didn't know where. She said Annarosa's was open today, but thought they would be closing soon for the move. I wonder if it was because of higher rent at the Water St. location or if they just needed more room?

She also said that the people who had run the White Hen Pantry near the pond off High Street (the one that got closed because of the CVS's expansion) will be opening a deli in the Annarosa Water Street location.

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  1. This is terrible news. Not sure why the best bread bakery in New England is moving further north (I assume Salisbury is further away from Boston). Really too bad.

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    1. re: baldbert

      baldbert - Salisbury is one town north of Newburyport - just over the Route 1 bridge. Still not sure exactly where they're going, but I agree - they "fit" in Newburyport. Can't quite see how they'll do as well in Salisbury, unless they're going more commercial with a larger baking kitchen. Will be interesting to see where they go and how they do.

    2. OK, I just came back and saw that CH had inserted 3 sites? Annarosa's is OK to be added, but why High Street Cafe in Dedham and Water Street Cafe in Plymouth? And both "High Street" and "Water Street" are now hyperlinks? Whatzup with that?

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        and now the hyperlinks are gone. Bizarroworld.

      2. The Tannery lot is often congested and difficult to enter and find parking. That and the small space Annarosa occupies could make moving an attractive proposition.

        Before entering The Tannery from the downtown N'port side, there is a building to your right that houses a gourmet foods/prepared foods and sandwiches counter. The sandwiches are fantastic.

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        1. re: three of us

          I love Joppa Fine Foods. You're right - VERY good sandwiches.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Doesnt seem like that small a space to me for a bakery. And if I'm not mistaken, doesnt Joppa use Annarosa's bread for their Sandwiches?

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Joppa is great. It's basically a North Shore version of Formaggio Kitchen.

          2. do you know when the move is supposed to happen? we don't get up that way very often, but will make a special trip of it if they're going to be closed for a lengthy time while setting up a new shop...

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            1. re: autopi

              My Mom didn't know (and she didn't ask....she said "I know, I know, Linda - you NEED to know this for Chowhound!" LOL) Maybe a phone call to them tomorrow might be in order.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                a newburyport business FB has a posting that Annarosas will move next to Tom's Discount on Route 110 in Salisbury.....

            2. This is really a bummer. I've always loved walking to Annarosa- driving there won't be the same. I'm glad they're not just going out of business, at least. But that Tannery location is so nice, and it seems there's enough space...? What's really weird is that a deli/convenience store is going in there, when there's already so many places in that area to get sandwiches, etc. Maybe it will be an exceptional deli? Still, very sad about Annarosa leaving that spot. Awesome bakery.

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              1. re: saffron10

                I drove by Tom's Discount yesterday - no Annarosa as far as I could see. Does anyone have an update on their situation?

                1. re: ravensburg16

                  Last week I walked by the sad, gutted space that used to be Annarosa's, and one of the construction guys told me that they had moved next to Tom's. I had also been out to Tom's, and saw absolutely no sign of Annarosa's. I'll head out there this weekend and report back. If Bill or Jane is reading this, could they please fill us in on what's happening?

                  1. re: pastrytroll

                    I went by "the sad, gutted space that used to be Annarosa's" two weeks ago, vainly hoping for a baguette. There was a small sign outside that said their last bake in Newburyport was May 22, and that they would be opening in Salisbury next to Tom's in early July. It also said they would be expanding their product line and would be open more days.

                    1. re: srgoodman

                      I talked to Jane (Jane and Bill are the owners), in the middle of construction on the space next to Tom's. She told me that painting should start soon, and they hope to have all the installation work done by July 1. Then it's a matter of approval/permits and breaking in the new oven - much bigger than what they had in the Tannery! It is now my mission in life to find an excuse to wander by every week to report on progress!

                      1. re: pastrytroll

                        >> It is now my mission in life to find an excuse to wander by every week to report on progress!

                        please do! it's one of my favorite bakeries, but it's a real schlep to get to, and (more than once) we've gone all the way out there to find them closed. wish they had a website!

              2. Annarosa's is now open next to Tom's Discount on Rte 110 in Salisbury.

                1. An update to the opening of the new bakery in Salisbury - my mother was just in the Tannery yesterday, and she said the Wishbasket (the store opposite Jabberwocky) had a sign up that they'd be selling Annarosa's bread Wednesday through Sunday. So if for some reason you can't make it out to their Salisbury location, there will be some types of bread sold in the Tannery.

                  1. Was - like everyone else- horrrified by the uncertaity of the fate of Annarosa's. Happy to report they are safely landed and up and operating at the above-mentioned location. This location, although it might not be befitting to our image of Annarosa's, is obviously much more comfortable for them and much easier for me! If anyone is coming from anywhere other than Newburyport, they will likely find it much more convenient as well.

                    Visited yesterday @ 2pm and all they had were a couple of dozen sourdough rolls left...gladly took them home and ate heated with butter. Leaving now to hopefully catch a perfect loaf or a pastry. They have expanded their hours to include Tuesdays and Sundays and will apparently be producing more now that they have the capability.

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                    1. re: merrvally

                      Good for them. Sounds like they made a smart business decision. That Tannery in Nbpt isn't convenient to anything unless you can walk there.

                      1. re: merrvally

                        if you're up for a little ride, there's a new place in Amesbury Center called Zak and Ani's that is really quite good - tried to get one of the cinnamon rolls at 8:15 am on saturday and they were already sold out - had the apple turnover which was awesome .. good coffee too


                        1. re: merrvally

                          Point of information: I just called Annarosa's and they are *not* open on Tuesdays, though someone did answer the phone. The woman I spoke to said they are open Wednesday through Sunday.

                        2. I drove by after they were closed on Saturday to see where the new location was. The new location is much more convenient for me and being open on Sunday is a big plus as I won't have to buy on Saturday morning for Sunday's meal.

                          Looking forward to stopping back.

                          1. I finally got up to the new Annarosa's location this morning. I'm posting this in a state of carbohydrate intoxication.

                            The building is quite large and industrial looking. The parking lot is huge. Best of all, the bread remains wonderful. I got a ciabatta, a whole wheat with raisins and walnuts, and an olive bread.

                            Hours are W-F 7-7, Sat 7-4, and Sun 9-3.

                            My only complaint - making the left turn out of their lot to get back onto Route 110. Yikes!

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                            1. re: srgoodman

                              I've been working up that way occasionally and after seeing this thread I stopped by on Saturday. The praline roll I got was okay, but the sourdough loaf I got was really special. As a former pro baker (but 30 years ago) I am a real crustophile. I have a hard time getting the crust I want on my own breads without a commercial oven. The Annarosa's crust was outstanding, thick, tasty, slightly scorched in places--the best bread crust I've had in years.

                              1. re: Kunegunde

                                Was heading to a wedding celebration on Salisbury beach yesterday (note: Salisbury Beach is NOT what it was when I used to go there 25-30 years ago), when I saw Annarosa's out the window. "STOP THE CAR" I yelled to my wife, and she did! We backtracked and went there, as I had remembered a few threads here about the place. Had a very good chocolate chip cookie, and took a loaf of "seeded sourdough" with us.

                                That loaf is pretty much all we've eaten today.

                                Now to figure out an excuse to go to Salisbury again. Can't go for the amusements and pinball!

                                1. re: L2k

                                  I don't know who and I don't know why but this is the best bakery between Nova Scotia and New York.

                                  1. re: baldbert

                                    I had a panini there last week, and I'm craving an excuse to get another. A baked roll, rather than a grilled sandwich: terrific bread dough wrapped around a LOT of fresh mozzarella, bathed in olive oil and rosemary. The caramelized cheese edges were heaven! $4.95 is pricey for a roll, cheap for a sandwich - and dirt, dirt cheap for the quality/quantity of ingredients!

                                  2. re: L2k

                                    I did the same yell of "STOP THE CAR" when my friend and I were taking our kids to the beach and we passed the bakery. Love this place. Got a bag of salt rolls and cookies for the kids. Delicious.