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May 2, 2010 10:28 AM

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!