Iconic Eddy’s Bake Shop to re­open with new own­ers

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jean Falbo-Sos­novich

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!”

Arnold Gold / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file

Eddy's Bake Shop on Main Street in Ansonia.

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