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Jan 27, 2013 12:05 PM

Haymishe Bagel Shop - Fire

Yikes. Sad. Not sure of the damages but it doesn't sound good. No injuries it seems.

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  1. That's horrible!! That place has been around forever. I was just there getting their delicious donuts during Chanukkah. Such a shame!

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    1. re: kwass

      I was down there with my 3yr old this morning - those photos don't really do justice to the epic scale of the conflagration. Sad day in the bagel district, but a great day for local juvenile "rescue action" enthusiasts, alas.

      1. re: gimel

        i guess the only positive thing to take away from this is that they say no one was hurt.

    2. Oh no, I was driving home from Dr. Laffa and traffic was a mess around there. Then I heard the news. I love Hannah and her lovely bakery - always lovely smiles and cookies for my kids. I'm so sad to read this news. The store must have been open at the time. I hope everyone is okay and that they can rebuild.

      1. I was there about 30 minutes before the fire started, buying what will now be my last loaf of Haymishe rye bread :( I've been shopping there for over 30 years, since I was a teenager and my family lived in the neighbourhood. I can't believe how sad I am about this.......

        I understand it was also pretty well regarded among Torontonians with Celiac disease for its quality and variety of gluten free products - a loss in that regard too. I'm very glad no one was hurt, and I'll have to start searching for a replacement bread.

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        1. re: CalliopeToronto

          I hope and pray they rebound from this.

          1. re: magic

            I too hope they reopen. Love that place.

        2. very very sad. Always loved the challah at rosh hashanah, it was the best in the city.
          Honestly so awful for the owners, what a tragedy..

          1. I just realized yesterday that this is the place that I had put in my calendar to check out their "doughnuts" next year.... I had posted about it in the Doughnut thread.... darn...

            Sucks for the owner... Another business in the same strip plaza burned down a number of years ago..

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            1. re: ylsf

              Perl's. Same plaza I believe.

              1. re: magic

                That's right. it's a very old building. I wonder if it has something to old/shoddy wiring?

              2. re: ylsf

                Those sufganiyot were the absolute best in the city. I'm going to miss them, the Middle Eastern salads, the chocolate buffaloes, the onion pockets... Most of all, I'll miss the warm service. Even though I was more of a sporadic customer than a regular, the owner (the Israeli woman, I think her name is Bracha?) would always have her staff throw in an extra bread or two or some rolls "to try."

                1. re: Tatai

                  I agree! The sufganiyot were divine!!

                  1. re: kwass

                    Agree 100% with you guys - loved those Chanukah donuts so much. And the fact that you could only get them one week in the year made them all the more special. Bracha (I mistakenly wrote Chana above, but yes, it's Bracha) always threw in an extra thing for me to try as well. And if you ever asked her how something was, she always said it was the best. Their soups and chopped liver were good as well. It was just a wonderful "old school" place that evoked a lot of childhood memories for me and I now love to bring my children there for that same special bakery experience.

                    As I was reading online about the fire, I found this video about the donuts - in all the times I was there, I never knew the other owner was Bracha's husband, who was the baker. I never saw him. It was always just the group of older, funny (sometimes bickering) ladies upstairs.