Karsh's Bakery in Phoenix Will Close Tomorrow

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Nikki Buchanan
Hamentaschen from Karsh's Bakery in Phoenix.
Say it ain't so.

After more than three decades in business, Karsh's Bakery in Phoenix will close its doors for good and end of business tomorrow. The bakery, which has been in operation since the early 1960's, offers a full line of kosher baked goods including what's been regarded as the best rye bread in town.

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The bakery, owned by Arnie Garnder, has been a Valley staple for decades and is one of only a handful of bakeries to be overseen by the Phoenix Va' 'Ad Hakasruth, a community-based non-profit kosher supervising agency. For many, it's been a go-to spot for specialties such as hamentaschen, fruit-filled shortbread-like triangles traditionally eaten during Purim; mondel bread and chocolate; raspberry and cinnamon-nut rugalach.

"It's been a struggle," says Karsh's manager, April. "There's so much competition now."

Despite the bakery's popularity sales haven't been enough to continue affording the lease, she added. And with the summer coming, a particularly hard time for business, now seemed like the appropriate time to close.

The bakery will be open today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers can stop by and pick up a last loaf of rye bread or challah, and say good-bye to a true Phoenix institution.

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Location Info

Karsh's Bakery - CLOSED

5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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49 comments
David James
David James

The current owner is Wayne Kindig. Arnie sold the biz back in 2005 and retired ... according to my sources.

Judy Adams
Judy Adams

This news makes me so sad. The best 7 layer cake anywhere.

davelog
davelog

There go the best eclairs in town. That's a shame.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

I don't like that kind of pastry. French is Best! Hopefully, Karl's on Central/Dunlap will open soon after prolonged move/remodel.

Brian Canaday
Brian Canaday

Oh my god noooooooooooooooo! That's terrible news

Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

This is horrible news! I've been going there my entire life.

James David Porter
James David Porter

If we don't make it easier for family-owned businesses to compete with big chains, there will be no more family-owned businesses.

David Revay
David Revay

So sad to hear, but maybe Karls Quality Bakery can move into that great space.

rsvpdavid
rsvpdavid

This SUCKS


I LOVE karsh's!!!!  They make the best maple nut danish on the planet. 

AzNtv1
AzNtv1

Wow, sure would have liked to hear about Karsh's sales issues 6 months ago so the loyal fan base could have had time to rally and save this iconic bakery.  Let's not let this happen again folks!!!  

downtowner
downtowner

So sad to hear about this.  Karsh's Bakery is my go-to place for rugalach and other little yummies for parties and the like.  Everyone there is so nice and helpful, and everything I've tasted there has been amazing.  I'm sad to see them go, and wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.

frances
frances

What!!!? Where will we get the best b&w cookies!

Matt Diamond
Matt Diamond

This is terrible news. Such quality people & product. A major loss for this city. I wish everyone involved the absolute best of luck in the future.

Dan Mercado
Dan Mercado

Bummer! They made so much great stuff

Coyotes96
Coyotes96

You can't compare French pastries to a Jewish bakery. Karl's is fantastic but they are nothing like Karsh's...duh.

kshjt5
kshjt5

@pca2002002  I have fond memories of Karsh's.  My husband and I were good friends with one of the sons of the original owners and they used to go to the bakery late at night while they were baking and they would bring home fresh bread and we used to eat it with butter and of course that cost me and Shel extra weight.  But, we loved every bite.

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