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.”