Customers have been forced to say goodbye to another popular bakery on Long Island after restaurants and other eateries were hit particularly hard by the pandemic.
In late August, the owners of the S Prestano Bakery in Selden announced that they would be closing their doors for the final time after four decades serving some of Suffolk County’s most popular bread and pastries.
The Middle Country Road bakery had stood for 60 years, involving multiple generations of the Prestano family before it was closed down over the summer.
“The decision is bittersweet, but is one that has to be made,” the owners said over the summer. “At 65 (years old) and my wife at 64 (years old) are mentally and physically ready for a new chapter in our lives.
“The bakery business has not been without its ups and downs over the years but all in all has given us a good life.”
On Facebook following the closing, customers flooded to the bakery’s page to express their dismay over the closure of their favorite shop.
“This is actually devastating, I actually cried when I found out you closed,” one customer said. “All my kids’ cakes were bought by you all the bread ... the rainbow cake with crumbs … My daughter(’s) favorite she said ‘oh Mom, no what are we gonna do?!’ You are sorely missed.”
More recently, in Nassau County, owner David Shalam announced Heritage Bakers in Glen Cove would be closing at the end of September after just four years in business and following a temporary shutdown during the pandemic.
Since shutting down, Heritage Bakers has been looking to sell off equipment for anyone looking to run a coffee shop or bakery.
“I’m sorry to be writing this message, but the time has come to permanently close the bakery,” Shalam announced on Thursday, Sept. 30. “We will be open this weekend with the usual assortment and then close the doors for good on Sunday. Thanks for all your support and good wishes!”
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