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Alameda Bakery News

Martin Strell Sep 18, 2010 04:10 PM

I was walking on Park St. this afternoon and noticed that the Boniere Bakery was shuttered, with signs on it implying that the building would be remodeled and that a new bakery would be moving in. Also noticed that on the space next to House of Bagels that held clothing store Pippin Hill until recently, there is a sign that a bakery called La Creme will be moving in soon.

Anyone have any more info? Ruth?

Boniere Bakery
3249 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA

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  1. jillyju RE: Martin Strell Sep 18, 2010 05:30 PM

    I was at an event last night where one of the attendees said that Boniere had to move because their landlord hiked their rent by more than $2000 per month. There was no way they could survive with that, so out they went. I didn't hear anything about whether or not they are hoping to reopen elsewhere.

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      Ruth Lafler RE: jillyju Sep 18, 2010 05:51 PM

      Oh dear. I wonder who actually owns the building -- it's been a bakery for over 100 years! I can see how the business model they had wasn't really maximizing the profit on that space -- they really needed to go back to the model of the previous owners, who set it up as a bakery/cafe, with salads, sandwiches, fancy coffee, etc. It's hard to make money on 50 cent cookies and $2 loaves of bread.

      The current owners of the Boniere have been in the bakery business for a long time, so I'd guess they'll resurface somewhere else. Not that it was a great bakery, but they had a unique niche selling traditional American baked goods that won't be easily filled.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Martin Strell RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 19, 2010 12:06 PM

        I was in the area again today, and I decided to write down what was written on the three small signs hanging in the window:
        "Your neighborhood bakery opening soon"
        "134 years old and counting... This historic landmark is getting a fresh new look."
        "Coming soon: the return of fresh daily to Park Street."

        I found the third sign a little cryptic. Anyone who has been here longer than I have know what they're referring to? Fresh daily what?

        1. re: Martin Strell
          Ruth Lafler RE: Martin Strell Sep 24, 2010 09:34 AM

          From today's Alameda Journal: http://www.insidebayarea.com/alameda/... (top headline, love living in a "small town"!).

          In Summary: Dispute between the bakery operators and the building owners. Bakery operators have left and taken Boniere name with them, and plan to reopen some where in the East Bay under that name.

          "Brian Wood, who owns the San Francisco-based Baking & Pastry Solutions, is expected to take over the lease at 1417 Park St. with artisan ice cream maker Jamie Hansen and reopen the business under a different name in mid-November."

          It might be a good business model to offer ice cream, etc. in the evening -- there's a lot of activity in that area since the theater opened. On the other hand, there is another ice cream place and at least three fro-yo places (depending on whether you count the Quickly that sells fro-yo among other things) within a block and a half.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            Martin Strell RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 24, 2010 09:49 PM

            Thanks, Ruth.
            I found some information on Brian Wood. This sounds like it could be interesting!
            I agree that we have plenty of yogurt places in Alameda, but I'm not crazy about any of the local options for ice cream. This could end up being a big upgrade over Boniere.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              Martin Strell RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 29, 2010 08:13 PM

              The mystery deepens. I passed by again today and noticed that the "134 years and counting..." sign was still up, but the other two were taken down, replaced by a big red sign that said "Available," with a phone number on it.

              1. re: Martin Strell
                Ruth Lafler RE: Martin Strell Nov 13, 2010 08:43 PM

                Yeah. As far as I know, the original brick oven(s) are still in situ and operational (or at least, they were a couple of years ago when I talked to the owner about it). It might be a good set up for someone who wanted to do artisan pizza (hint, hint).

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        Martin Strell RE: Martin Strell Nov 13, 2010 07:31 PM

        Looks like some action in the space that says it will be Crema Bakery at 1354 Park St. They have a sign announcing that they will open this winter with a web site: http://crema-us.com/
        "Small batch baking. Specialty cakes. Single cup brewing. Catering."
        Looks like they have a sister bakery in West Berkeley which just had a soft opening.

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        1. re: Martin Strell
          Martin Strell RE: Martin Strell May 7, 2011 09:22 AM

          Seems neither of these new bakeries for Alameda panned out. At least we got East End Pizza.

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