UPPER WEST SIDE — A nearly century-old bakery is opening a second outpost on Amsterdam Avenue this fall, said the broker who arranged the deal.
Orwasher's Bakery, which has operated an Upper East Side location since 1916, is opening in the 1,200-square-foot space at 440 Amsterdam Ave. at 81st Street, said Ripco's Doug Kleiman, who negotiated the lease. The space was formerly occupied by Pet Health Store, which closed earlier this year and moved a block north.
The bakery is known for supplying bread to a variety of restaurants and seasonal markets across the city, including Smorgasburg, the Park Slope Farmers Market, the Greenpoint Farmers Market and the New Amsterdam Market.
Keith Cohen purchased the bakery in 2007 and updated its recipes, as well as sourcing new ingredients, according to its website. He also introduced a French baguette in 2013 after studying the methodology in France, the site explains.
Kleiman described Cohen's bread as "just about as good as it gets," calling its variety, like Pumpernickel and New York Rye, as "quintessential Upper West Side."
In addition to selling fresh-baked goods, Orwasher's will also feature sandwiches and salads for takeout and is considering offering baking classes at this location, he said.
The space needs to be refurbished and outfitted for a bakery, so won't be ready until October or November, Kleiman added.
Orwasher's did not immediately return a request for comment.