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BREAKING: Gertel's Bakery Closing This Friday!

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Six months' worth of rumors of the demise of beloved Lower East Side Jewish bakery Gertel's, famous for its rugelach, challa and other made-on-premise baked goods, seem to have borne out: via a note from a tipster, we learn that store, open since 1914, will be closing this Friday. "Gertel's posted a sign yesterday saying that the store is closing for good as of June 22. And, significantly, the two-lots-wide one-story tile warehouse right next door has recently vacated the premises as well. That's a big footprint to build on. Neighborhood character gives way to eight-story condo development." As we speak, Racked photographers are en route to the bakery for visual confirmation; a call to the establishment this afternoon yielded the news that the storefront is closing but that the bakery will remain as a wholesale-only operation. Nevertheless, a massive and crushing loss for the neighborhood. Developing...
· Storefronting: Gertels Rumored to be Closing [Curbed]
· Gertel's Shuttering at Passover? [Eater]
UPDATE: More on Gertel's closing
· Discontinued: RIP Gertel's Bakery [Racked]
· Gertel's Is Gone But Kossar's Isn't Going Anywhere [Racked]
· All Is Not Lost: Gertel's Moving Wholesale Operation To Williamsburg [Racked]