Susan Vittorini posted the sign this morning: After 50 years, Diane's on Poplar Street will be closing for good on June 8.
Vittorini, who has worked at the bakery for 43 years, said owner Bob Anderson decided it was time for a change after years of getting up at midnight to make the pastries and croissant sandwiches. Anderson has run the shop alone since his father, Bob died in 2016; the Andersons have owned the bakery since 1968.
Vittorini said she will miss the customers who have been coming in for decades - she now serves grandkids of people who themselves have been long-time customers. "I'm very sad," she said. "I love my job."
Diane's closing leaves only Fornax on Corinth Street as a working bakery in Roslindale Square - and it concentrates on bread. The past ten years have seen the closing of A. Boschetto and Vouros on Washington Street and John's on Poplar Street. Bob's Pita remains, but it no longer makes its own pita.