Iconic Eddy’s Bake Shop to reopen with new owners
ANSONIA — Now here’s some really sweet news for customers of one of the Valley’s most beloved and iconic businesses around: The former Eddy’s Bake Shop soon will reopen its doors .
That’s according to a recent post on the bakery’s Facebook page, which reads, “Great news! Eddy’s Bake Shop has new owners, is under construction getting a facelift and will reopen soon! Stay tuned!”
The new owners are Arlene and Raul Cardenas, former Ansonia residents who also own a popular New Haven bakery, Marjolaine’s Pastry, at 961 State St.
Raul Cardenas Monday said that while there’s an “agreement” in place with the building’s owners, the lease is still being negotiated along with a few other details.
“We can’t let Eddy’s legacy die,” he said, confirming the iconic Eddy’s name will remain. He declined further comment about the reopening and a date until the lease is signed.
City Economic Development Director Sheila O’Malley said she anticipates the bakery will reopen sometime before Thanksgiving. And that will be good news to Eddy’s devoted customers who for more than a half- century ended their holiday meals with Eddy’s famous pies, cookies, cannoli, pastries and other delectable goodies.
O’Malley said renovations to the space’s interior and several code upgrades, including handicappedaccessible improvements to the restroom, are taking place in preparation for the reopening.
Eddy’s had been a mainstay at 317 Main St. for more than 50 years. Run by the Ciocca family, twin brothers Mike and Paul Ciocca decided to retire in late August, closing one of the Valley’s longest-running and celebrated bakeries to the dismay of many customers.
However, it wasn’t long after the brothers hung up their aprons and cooled the ovens that the Cardenases stepped up to keep the iconic bakery in business. O’Malley said Paul Ciocca regularly has been visiting the Cardenas at their New Haven pastry shop, which O’Malley said will remain open, and “has been teaching the new owners many of the famous Eddy’s recipes.”
Hopefully for many that means the famous rye bread (with or without seeds), the chocolate-chip cookies, chocolate mousse cakes and other Eddy’s specialties can make a grand return.
“The hope is that they’ll (the Cardenas) probably offer some of the same things everyone loves,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley lauded local broker Anthony SanAngelo for being instrumental in Eddy’s getting a new lease on life.
“This business hasn’t skipped a beat in all these years, and the new owners have a great track record in New Haven with their wellknown pastry shop, and they’re going to bring their expertise to Ansonia and also retain some of the traditional baked goods that Eddy’s has done over all these years,” said O’Malley. “This is a great thing for Ansonia and everyone.”
The Ciocca brothers were the heart and soul of Eddy’s since their parents Americo and Janine Ciocca took over the bakery in 1967, when the twins were just 7 years old. They said working “70 to 80 hours a week” simply became too tiresome and it was time to retire. Prior to the Cioccas taking charge, Eddy’s was owned by Joe Weber and, before that, the original Eddy.
Reaction on Eddy’s Facebook page that the popular bake shop is making a comeback was sweet, with nearly 130 posts welcoming the news.
Clarice Kusterer wrote, “I’m going to cry. This is the best news I’ve heard all year!!!”
One poster simply wrote, “Thank You Jesus!”
Eddy's Bake Shop on Main Street in Ansonia.