Popular Rhawnhurst bakery closes its doors

Hesh’s Bakery

Hesh’s, the Castor Av­en­ue kosh­er bakery famed for its chocol­ate chip loaf, is clos­ing, ac­cord­ing to a sign on its win­dow and a post­ing on its web­site.

The sign on the store on the 7700 block of Castor Ave. and a Web post­ing went up over the week­end. On Fri­day, a neigh­bor­ing store own­er said the bakery’s pro­pri­et­or usu­ally goes on va­ca­tion for a few weeks after Christ­mas, and there was a sign in the win­dow that an­nounced that tem­por­ary clos­ing. He said he had no know­ledge the store was clos­ing per­man­ently. An­oth­er said when she went home Fri­day at 5 p.m., there was just a sign in the win­dow that it was closed for va­ca­tion.

By Monday, a cur­tain covered the win­dow and the sign that Hesh’s was clos­ing forever was taped in­side.

Phone calls and emails to the bakery were not answered by press time Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the bakery’s web­site, it was foun­ded in 1959 and pro­duced tra­di­tion­al Kosh­er products.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s drizzle, car after car stopped in front of the store with sad-eyed drivers and pas­sen­gers get­ting out to read the sign an­noun­cing Hesh’s was clos­ing.

One man said he wanted to get hold of the own­er be­cause his sis­ter wanted to buy the place and re­open it.

There’s even a Save Hesh’s Face­book page. One com­menter on the page asked for the chocol­ate-chip loaf re­cipe. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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