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Nearly century-old South End bakery closing up shop

The Globe reports Quinzani's Bakery is closing forever next week.

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"Calise & Sons Bakery of Lincoln, R.I., will take over Quinzani’s business and will make most of the bakery’s products in conjunction with Piantedosi Baking Co. in Malden"

Calise makes a great scali bread, so maybe they're in good hands.

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..and that it's regional people stepping in.

I never was a huge fan of Quinzani's products but very much respected all the work they did. End of an era. Place is in good hands with Piantedosi.

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The production will be absorbed by the other two, the building will no longer be a bakery, that's why everyone is getting laid off.

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"Mother of Dragons and baker of a pretty decent kaiser roll. Impressive."

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This is a building that replaced housing being shut down to be replaced with housing. More housing is better for all than a company making that lousy bread you get when you buy Chinese take out, even if is stupidly overpriced housing.

The bread production business model for the corner of Harrison and East Berkeley is not the best use of the land. It is for the commercial area south of Malden center.

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Convenient for picking up a few bags of rolls for big parties though!

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Your elitism is showing.

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Your belief in economic Sturbridge Villages.

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Sure, we need more housing that is affordable to middle and working class people as well as entry level workers; the uppermiddle-to-upper class market is oversaturated, but gaps exist below that.

But we also need fresh bread. And we're not eager to chase Boston Interactive, Joslin Diabetes, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, State Street, or any of the white color businesses our of the city. Why would you think a bakery is better off in Malden?

This is one more business that doesn't need to drive as far to do deliveries in the city. I'm all for that.

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Because real estate is cheaper, thus lowering production costs. Pretty simple math.

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Cheap rent might be a reason for the business owner to move, although cheap rent is not the only consideration, especially in food production & sales. Walk-in traffic, being able to easily supply local restaurants, market saturation, and other issues can have a bigger impact.

However, J Costello wasn't making the argument from the owners point of view-- he was looking at it from an urban planning perspective.

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Awesome bakery. No, no brioche there, just bread and more bread and bread dough, etc.

Their factory store is on Commercial St. in Malden. I highly recommend it. You might even get to see a large batch of bread flying overhead on conveyors while you visit, and they give the kids warm buttered rolls that they keep behind the counter.

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Great bread there!

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