Today is the final day of business for Upper Crust Bakery, a wonderful local bakery in Lake Oswego village. They make excellent bread (especially the marbled rye!), rolls, specialty breads like blueberry crumble, lemon poppyseed, to-die-for pound cake and, of course, pie. One of our favorite bakeries in southern California closed a year before we moved to Portland, and now this one, our current favorite, is closing. If you read this after 6PM Wednesday, it has closed.
The reason is a dispute between the current property owner, from whom Upper Crust leases their space, and a new owner who wants to clear everyone out and put in high-end shopping in the lovely village location. So it was a matter of triple lease cost or get out. After a futile search for a new location, they are closing after 17 years. The bakery also had a booth at the Farmer’s Market each week during summer which will be gone. The owners and fourteen employees will lose their jobs.
Here are two pictures.
We went today, the bakery’s last day, to pick up our Thanksgiving apple pie and a lemon poppyseed loaf. It was a sad trip; we said goodbye to our friends there and thanked them for all the years of delicious baked goods, but it seems sadly insufficient. After thinking it over, we went a second time to stock up on cinnamon swirl bread, blueberry crumble, pound cake and half a pumpkin pie. Tomorrow there will be nothing but a “closed” sign. Darn. Why does greed have to ruin good things?