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  • magic Jan 18, 2011 04:41 PM
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Now this makes me very sad.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/open-window-...

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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.

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          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?
              LOL!

            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. re: jayt90

                  Well said.

                2. 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.

                      4. Open Window Bakery closes after 54 years
                        http://www.thestar.com/business/artic...

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                        1. re: JamieK

                          Thanks so much for posting. I would've have missed that.

                          I really REALLY hope they find some sort of rescue angel.

                          I'm already going through withdrawal.

                          I personally still loved their products and will miss them so much. I ardently hope they rise again.

                        2. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. I, too, loved their blueberry buns as a girl. I'm not sure if they were better back then or my memories are sweeter. Their rye bread was fabulous, though. As for rugelah, the best are at Harbord Bakery (along with the best Challah)

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                          Harbord Bakery
                          115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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                          1. re: Mushka

                            I agree that Harbord Bokery challah is the best in town.

                            1. re: acd123

                              You must try Grodzinski's sweet challah.

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                              Grodzinski Bakery
                              3437 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

                              1. re: toveggiegirl

                                Grodzinski's is where my mother buys her challas now. You're right, their challas are really good but I still think Harbord is the best.

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                                Harbord
                                147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

                          2. Count me in as well as a fan of the blueberry buns growing up. We used to get them on Roncesvalles somewhere (long time ago), brings back childhood memories.

                            1. Just a heads-up, I saw a lot of OWB baked goods in the freezers at Almost Perfect in Ajax, wouldn't surprise me if they're at locations all over the GTA. So if you need one last fix, might want to stock up your freezer this way....

                              1. Anyone have any updates? Any news on a possible reopening? Or am I just thinking wishfully?

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                                1. re: magic

                                  The location at Bathurst and Wilson is opening "soon" as My Zayde's bakery. So, yes, I do think your thinking is wishful. Sorry.

                                  1. re: ddelicious

                                    :(

                                    Thanks for the update though.....

                                    1. re: magic

                                      You can still check out the website here: http://www.owbakery.com/

                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                        Where is the product coming from is what I'd like to know because I drive by their factory everyday and it's not in operation.

                                        1. re: millygirl

                                          Maybe the website is still up but the business is still closed. That is what I am assuming. No?

                                          1. re: millygirl

                                            I was just pointing out that the website is still up, in case anyone wanted to have a look. Nothing for sale!

                                  2. The OWB store at Parkway Mall (Vic Park and Ellesmere) in Scarborough is still open and still selling OWB product. I buy my rye bread, etc. there every week.

                                    So, where is it coming from if they have closed down? I see OWB trucks still delivering there as well.

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                                    1. re: Aislyn

                                      Why don't you ask them? I thought they were also closed.

                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                        I'll be in there over the weekend so I will definately ask the owner of the store. Reading this link just today is the first that I had heard of all this. Because my husband and I have been customers for many years and the owner knows us, I'm shocked to think he didn't say anything. It has been simply business as usual with all of the same OWB product, the twice daily delivery and the same name. I'll post back as soon as I can talk with him. That is the only rye that I will eat in the entire GTA (light, dark and carraway) and if I lose that, I will be devastated!!!!!

                                        1. re: Aislyn

                                          Is there any chance that the now closed, open window bakery, will reopen, or is it permanently closed?

                                          1. re: Aislyn

                                            The Open Window Bakery in Parkway Mall at Victoria Park & Ellesmere is still open.

                                            1. re: Googs

                                              I really MUST get there.

                                              Thanks for the update!

                                      2. Well, I couldn't wait till the weekend to go over so I just called the owner. He said that yes, the OWB company is gone but the same products (he hinted same recipes and possibly bakers) are being produced in another bakery to supply the stores and have been for a few months. I can honestly say as a very fussy rye bread consumer that the taste of the breads (as well as danishs, etc.) have not changed a bit - thank goodness!!! I did forget to ask him if he will be changing the name of his store but I'm sure he is and is just waiting on the new sign. I also forgot to ask him why I still saw the OWB truck deliver as early as last week but I was so happy to hear that he was not going out of business that it slipped my mind. Perhaps the bakery that took over bought out equipment and trucks, etc. and just not the actual plant and have yet to update the name. If I hadn't seen it here, I would never have known!!! I'm so relieved that nothing has changed there!

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                                        1. re: Aislyn

                                          What the?!?!

                                          This is the first that I've heard that there is still some remnant of the Open Window legacy!!! I wonder if there are others as well…..?

                                          Great to know! Wow!

                                          When name changes will you please let us know the new name?? I hope they keep the recipes the same for ever and ever and ever....

                                          Thanks!

                                          1. re: magic

                                            AFIAK the Open Window at Thornhill Square (bayview/john) has never closed. They have the blueberry buns and everything....

                                            1. re: fleisch

                                              The bread is not the same as what Open Window Bakery made, however.

                                              1. re: fleisch

                                                Ok, will def check it out. Thanks!

                                            2. re: Aislyn

                                              So this then must be the address:

                                              Open Window Bakery
                                              85 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1R 4B7
                                              (416)-444-3642

                                              1. re: magic

                                                I bought a double rye there recently, hoping that it would be the rye we used to get at Open Window. It wasn't even remotely close on texture or flavour. I still haven't found a rye that compares to Open Window's.

                                            3. I just had the chocolate fudge cake from Eglinton Bakery (formerly an Open Window location) and it seemed identical to Open Window's cake in every way. Oh baby, sooooooo good.

                                              There must be some sort of staff/recipe legacy??

                                              In any case, good news for anyone needing that infamous fix!

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                                              1. re: magic

                                                The best choc bubka is at Bagel World on wilson

                                              2. I too tried the Eglinton Bakery "double dip". Not even close. The look is certainly there but the taste is completely different. Unfortunately the cake was stale as well. Their blueberry buns however were great.