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."
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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.