Haley House is closing its bakery cafe off Washington Street in Roxbury on Saturday and laying off some workers, citing losses it "cannot sustain indefinitely."
However, the group says it will begin "renewal efforts" to figure out how it can re-open the outlet later in the year.
The non-profit, which focuses on food as a way to help individuals and their communities, says it will continue its catering and wholesale baking operations and its Take Back the Kitchen cooking program. It will also re-open the bakery cafe on Feb. 10 for its annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser.
In e-mail to supporters, Haley House cited changes in Roxbury for its decision to close the bakery cafe while trying to come up with ways to eventually re-open it:
Over the past several years, the surrounding neighborhood has experienced dramatic shifts in the economic, social, and commercial landscapes. Inevitably, these contextual changes have impacted Haley House Bakery Cafe’s business, resulting in losses that Haley House cannot sustain indefinitely.
Our renewal efforts will focus on the most productive way to continue serving the Roxbury community while building on the Cafe’s legacy of vibrant, community-driven programming and supportive employment opportunities. This break will provide an opportunity to pursue fresh ideas that best align the Cafe’s menu, operations, and programming with current community needs and permit us to move forward with a more economically sustainable social enterprise. A key component of this process will be soliciting input and support from our key stakeholders, including community residents, staff, and food industry experts.
Haley House said laid off workers will be paid through Feb. 1 and is working with the state to provide help with a job search and applying for unemployment.
This is the second retrenchment for Haley House. In the fall of 2017, it closed Dudley Dough, a profit-sharing pizza place it had opened in the Bolling Building in Dudley Square.