That was quick. The decades-old Berger’s Bakery in Lexington Market reopened on Wednesday following an inspection, just two days after the Baltimore City Health Department ordered its closure.
The department had cited a roach problem in the bakery as the reason for its closure, ABC2 reported. However, it appears the centrally located stand managed to clean up its pest issue in rapid time. A health inspector cleared it to open for business yesterday morning.
Berger’s Bakery has been a staple in the market since 1975. It was named after Baltimore’s favorite chocolate shortbread cookie, but it does not bake them there in the busy market. Instead, DeBaufre Bakeries, based in Cherry Hill, produces them and delivers them to the Lexington Market stand and hundreds of other vendors to sell, according to a statement from the company.
Due to the shared name, however, the closure caused a small scare here in Baltimore. Additionally, many who frequent Lexington Market have bought Berger Cookies and other assorted treats there for years and were troubled to hear it had been shut down due to a health code violation.
This morning, Berger’s Bakery co-owner Minas Houvardas said on a phone call that the issue had been resolved and they had been up and running for a day now. He also shared his appreciation “to all the customers who have supported us for so many years,” and thanked his staff and Lexington Market management.
With the market remaining a daily hub for shoppers, Berger’s Bakery likely won’t lose much business, so long as they and their neighbor stalls can keep the area clean.
Ethan McLeod is an associate editor for Baltimore Fishbowl.
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