An iconic bakery in the capital, with a history that stretches back to the Great Depression, has closed its doors for the last time.
Rideau Bakery has shut down, permanently. A subtle notice on its website thanks customers for their business.
The third generation of a Kardish family was running the bakery before its closure. It began operations at Rideau and Nelson streets, in 1930. A second location, on Bank Street, opened in the 1970s.
Customers have taken to social media to express their sadness over the loss of the bakery and its products.
Goodbye @RideauBakery. Thank you for making my immigrant family always feel welcome when we first settled in Ottawa. I remember being in a stroller getting my free sugar cookies from Issie Kardish whenever he’d see me. So much love from the Kardish family to the Kizir’s. ?? pic.twitter.com/DgFvltr5DD— RoughChop Ottawa (@RoughChopOttawa) July 1, 2019
Sad to read about Ottawa's @RideauBakery closing shop after 90 years. A Lowertown gem & always welcoming to disheveled students (ahem) who lived nearby.— Christopher Henry (@CdnSpeechwriter) July 1, 2019
Sad to see Rideau Bakery close down.— Alain Boucher (@33aboucher) July 2, 2019
No point in eating rye bread anymore.
Sad to hear Rideau Bakery is closing. An institution in #Ottawa, it leaves a big hole in the Capital's food landscape and will be missed.— pierrebourque (@pierrebourque) June 30, 2019
Wishing the Kardish family well. Thanks for the decades of service. pic.twitter.com/DfuVtiEviD