Metropolitan Bakery’s New Chestnut Hill Location Opens Today

MetropolitanBakerylogo2Metropolitan Bakery which closed up after a fifteen year run on Germantown Avenue is opening today in the Market at the Fareway, behind the Chestnut Hill hotel.

Metropolitan’s breads, cookies, cannelle, cake and other confections will be available at the new location. Hours at the new Metro will mirror the market’s:

Thursdays and Fridays, 9-6
Saturdays, 8-5

Metropolitan Bakery [Official]

Northeast Philadelphia’s Hesh’s Bakery Has Closed


Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe has closed in Northeast Philadelphia. The Jewish bakery had been in business for 54-years. The details are scant but a message in the windows and on the web site says the closure is permanent.

It is with a very sad and heavy heart to tell you that Hesh’s Bakery is now closed and will not be reopening. We thank you for your patronage. We will miss you



Michael Klein has some more reaction on the surprising closure.

Hesh’s Bakery Is Closed [The Insider]
Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe [Official]

Viking Pastries in Ardmore Gets TV Makeover

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.

Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]

Kermit’s Bake Shop Gets Close


Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a pre-noon hour checking out the progress at Kermit’s Bake Shop, the pizza + bakery from Adam Ritter (Sidecar and Kraftwork) opening at 2204 Washington Avenue. Ritter, along with chef Brian Lofink and pastry chef Chad Durkin are in the final stages of preparation. I was able to check out the progress and sample pizzas and some of the pastries.

The pizza is a traditional American pie, not the Neapolitan variety that is so much the rage. Ritter wants it to remind you of the pizza of your youth, but better. Yesterday, Lofink was still playing with the sauce, tweaking the sweetness and amount of herbs.

The storefront will offer takeout and delivery, there will be no room to eat inside the surprisingly large space. That space is full of mixers for Chad Durkin’s baking operation. Durkin, who appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker is producing cakes, fudge, pastries and yesterday, croissants. I got to try several and am still obsessing over the egg and herb filled one.

When Kermit’s Bake Shop does open it will offer ordering by mobile phone and a fleet of eight custom bikes offering delivery.

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Update on Kermit’s Bake Shoppe


We snapped this shot of the now under construction Kermit’s Bake Shoppe on Washington Avenue yesterday morning. We also reached out to owner Adam Ritter (Sidecar Bar, Kraftwork) for a status check. He tells us that test batches will start this week and they are thinking they’re about a month away from opening the pizzeria + bakery.

Brunch at Fish

Fish recently has begun a new brunch menu. On Sundays, from 11-3pm, Fish will be serving up a la carte dishes like carrot pancakes or build-your-own omelets and Fish specialties like soft shell crab sandwiches and lobster grilled cheese.

Additionally there will be a family-style brunch option. For $35 per person you get sharing-size platters, endless drinks, and more. The best part of their new meal may be Fish’s basement bakery. They’ll be baking their own breads, scones, English muffins, cinnamon buns, and bagels for brunch. Yum!

Fish [Official Site]