“It has been a true honor to serve you all and to meet so many great people I know call friends.”
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Bakery 151 had offered European pastries and cookies with an emphasis on the Italian and French varieties, including biscotti, cannoli, tiramisu, cream puffs, eclairs and croissants.
The announcement triggered a wave of supportive comments from her customers.
“We will miss you and all your great bakery items,” one Facebook commenter said. Another wrote: “I will miss the eclairs but excited to see what your next endeavor is! You have a fan club and I am wishing you much success.”
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Kelly grew up in New Jersey a few miles from New York City, in a predominately Italian-American neighborhood with dozens of Italian bakeries within a few miles.
“I grew up going to the bakery several times a week with my parents and continued the habit as an adult.” Kelly told this news outlet in 2017, a few months after Bakery 151 opened. “I grew up cooking and baking with my grandparents, parents and sisters and cousins. On holidays, the dessert table was just as important as the holiday dinner and typically consisted of a large variety of pies, pastries and cookies. I went to culinary school knowing that at some point in the future, I would open a bakery.”