Soutine Bakery, a tiny shop that has sold cakes, pies, muffins and pastries at 104 West 70th Street for more than 30 years, closed its doors on Friday. The bakery was facing a rent increase.
“It was the right time,” owner Madge Rosenberg told us.
Madge sold the lease to Muffins Cafe, the muffin shop on Columbus between 70th and 71st Streets. The name of the bakery may change, but some of the food may be familiar: Madge said she sold them her recipes too.
She also sold recipes to Jessica Echevarria, a former Soutine employee who opened bakery One Cup Two Cupcakes on 107th and Columbus earlier this year. Madge (pictured below) plans to help bake at One Cup too.
We had first heard Soutine was closing back in June, and numerous readers have written in letting us know too. But Madge had asked us to hold off on publishing the news until after the deal was finalized.
Anyway, it’s a sad day for lovers of baked goods.
As Lee Reichman wrote to us as part of a recent story on readers’ favorite local small businesses: “When I knead a great cake, pie, pastry or sandwich, I give my dough to Soutine. They take the cake. They rise to the occasion with their custom cakes and holiday treats – there’s no one batter! Give them a try – it’s the yeast you can do.”
Wrote Mel Wymore: “Soutine has been the anchor of West 70th Street for decades. I can’t imagine not waking up to the irresistible waft of fresh bread baking, or feeling Madge Rosenberg’s unfaltering presence each morning. One shop literally shaped the lives of hundreds of local residents, not to mention the thousands of birthdays, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and community events made more memorable with chocolate and butter cream. That’s what makes a neighborhood. We will miss Soutine.”
Photos by Avi.