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Jan 18, 2011 04:41 PM

Open Window Bakery closing?

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  1. Where am I going to get that fabulous Chocolate Fudge Cake now??? I am so upset, they are an institution!! It really shows what the big box stores are doing...

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    1. re: marbiegreen

      Wow! Is this really true for all locations?
      A married couple ran the one in my old neighbourhood since from when I can remember. This would be so sad for them!
      Not to mention, they did alot of things really well! The chocolate cake was so delicious, and those gingerbreads irresistable.
      The whole mom and pop feel of the place will be missed :(

    2. I noticed that the Bathurst and Eglinton location changed their name a little while ago (to Eglinton Bakery & Cafe), but they still seemed to carry Open Window baked goods. Their seeded rye and black bread were the best I've found in Toronto. It's sad to see a long-time family business that made tasty products cease operations.

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      1. re: Tatai

        Yes, same with the St. Clair and Bathurst location - it was renamed but there was a sign saying it carried Open Window products.

        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

          I just popped into the Eglinton store. Turns out the Open Window owners dissolved the franchises (not sure whether all of them or some, or whether some stores were corporate-owned) about a year ago. This location was still buying their products and heard about a possible closure last Friday. They stocked up on frozen bread dough then (still got my pumpernickel this morning!) and will likely be sourcing from Bagel World from now on.

          Bagel World
          10 Disera Dr #150, Vaughan, ON L4J0A7, CA

          1. re: Arcadiaseeker

            This really came as a shock.
            The St Clair location has been closed for quite a while since the building was razed for condos, And what about the blueberry buns??!

          2. re: Tatai

            Yeah I noticed that name change too a while back. I did not know the St. Clair one had done the same.

            I will miss so many of their products, the rugelach and chocolate cake/cupcakes the most. To me at least, my favourite rugelach ever.

            This seriously sucks.

            Le sigh. :(

            1. re: magic

              They also had an amazing sticky pecan cinnamon pull-apart loaf that was not sickeningly sweet. Their chocolate fudge cake, alas, I found for the past few years to be not as good as it used to be.

              1. re: Tatai

                The pull-apart loaf was amazing, yes.

                Also was a big fan of their chocolate chip cookies. Uggh. So good.

                Again, sigh.

                End of an era is an understatement. So many of us grew up on Open Window.

                I really really hope they resurrect themselves. Somehow.

            2. re: Tatai

              I loved their rye bread.
              Even though you could better baked goods elsewhere, the place had such a nice cozy feel, nostalgic, part of my chidhood. It will be missed.
              Can't someone buy the company and keep it going? PLEASE?

            3. My Mum has memories of going there for baked goods in the 50s and the one on St. Clair was one of the first places I walked when I took my infant son out in his stroller for the first time. Lots of memories. I hope they can resurrect it somehow. Apparently there are 250 employees at the bakery who are suddenly out of a job. Terrible news.

              1. It's possible that bake-off products in the large stores are killing small bakeries, even some with a central source like Open Window. When I buy a fresh baked sourdough at Loblaw, or a Ciabatta at Costco, they have been prepared and frozen on a huge production line somewhere else; my purchase detracts from the small baker, and I really have to think more about going to them.

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                1. For real? What am I supposed to do for double dip chocolate cakes now...I have been getting them from there for years and send people there all the time. They always thank me. Sigh... Does anyone know of an equally delicious chocolate cake at a similar price point?

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                  1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                    Hmmm, I agree about the blueberry buns for sure. Those things bring back so many childhood memories for me. Just seeing the huge sign annoucing blueberry bun season mounted in the window caused huge excitement in our home.

                    And their birthday cakes from the good old days....the ones with the layer of pineapple filling. That was the only birthday cake we knew growing up.

                    BUT aside from those few things I have to say the place ain't what it once was. I am very sorry they are closing up shop, but to be honest there was nothing that made me wanna source them out. Although I am thinking I am sorry I never tried the double dip chocolate cakes. They do sound good!

                    1. re: millygirl

                      milly girl....I couldn't agree more...the only thing that I have missed is their 'cheese knishes' which they had discontinued a while back, to me, their blueberry buns which were always great and anticipated every year with bated breath, haven't been that good for many years. They were a staple' for Camp Visiting Day...another part of my childhood becomes yet another 'memory' of growing up.

                      1. re: pearlD

                        How could I forget the cheese knishes in that aluminum pie pan. OMG, now that really takes me back. My mother used to serve them every week at her maj games. Thanks for reminding me pearlD.

                        There rugelach used to be good also. And what about the big chunks of sugar on the blueberry buns? Oh vey, the good ole days.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Yes indeed..millygirl...Now about the rugelach..I don't even remember them but I think they deserve a post of their own...also a favourite of mine. in particular, the ones from the now departed "Lock, Stock & Bagel". "What-A-Bagel & Daiters are my 'go to' for rugelach these days!

                          1. re: pearlD

                            Agreed. Although the Sunny Langner makes makes very good rugelach too! Thankfully I don't have many opportunities to sample his though if you know what I mean.

                      2. re: millygirl

                        Me too re the blueberry buns. Memories of my bubby, who used to bring OW blueberry buns for Friday night. I really liked them them but I haven't had them in years.

                      3. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                        I also am sorry to hear about Open Window Bakery just because it has been a part of my life for so very long. I do know that Kiva's at Bathurst & Steeles makes a double dipped chocolate cake -- I have seen it and it looks the same as the Open Window one. I have not had it. My brother has told me that he occasionally has picked one up and has enjoyed it as much as the Open Window one. I'm pretty sure the price is comparable!

                        1. re: farmgirl1836

                          I'm pretty sure that Kiva's Double Dip cake is actually Open Window's Double Dip cake.

                          1. re: crstnaa

                            I actually went into Kiva's on my way home from work yesterday and one of the owners assured me that they have a baker employed by them who makes the cakes right on the premises. Apparently that baker at one time did work for Open Window. The cake is $15.95 or $15.99.