Tonawanda News

Local News

April 5, 2014

New sweet spot in Kenmore

Chrusciki Bakery, a Broadway Market tradition, opens its third location

Tonawanda News — It’s a busy time of year already for Chrusciki Bakery, a Broadway Market staple known for its breads, cakes and ethnic baked goods, especially its namesake pastries.

And on Friday, things got just a little bit busier.

The bakery’s third location opened Friday at 2872 Delaware Ave. in Kenmore, bringing its array of treats to the village just in time for its active Easter season.

“It’s a very busy time. It’s like Christmas at the Galleria Mall (for us),” said Ania Gurnari, president of the bakery and daughter of founders Teddy and Hania Robieniek. “But it’s a great time.”

Gurnari said that bakery sold baked goods at the farmer’s market in Kenmore during the 2012 season and got lot of emails and Facebook messages when they didn’t return for 2013. When the site on Delaware Avenue, the former Mia Dolcezzo Bakery, became available, it wasn’t a tough decision to make, she said. 

“It’s such a quaint and awesome area with such awesome ethnic food,” she said, “and I think we’ll be a good fit.”

The bakery’s menu includes everything from traditional white bread to Buffalo cut-out cookies and wedding and special-occasion cakes. But it’s best known for its chrusciki, which Gurnari described as “a sour-cream-based dough, hand crafted ... We cut it and twist it; it’s all made by hand. It has been fried ... and then we sprinkle powdered sugar on it.”

The bakery also offers other Polish and European baked goods such as kolaczki, paczki, placek and plecionka, or Easter bread.

“In the end it’s all about tradition,” Gurnari said. “It’s not just a older crowd; it’s a lot of younger families with their kids who are carrying on their traditions.

“It’s really very humbling. When my parents came here in 1984 with $100 and two suitcases and didn’t speak a word of English .... it really wasn’t that long ago. It’s proof that with hard work and dedication and good-quality products, you can make it.”

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage