Burlington bakery closes after nearly five years in business

A bakery that opened in Burlington’s Old North End nearly five years ago announced it would close after opening Wednesday.

Knead Bakery is a plant-based bakery and cafe that opened in January 2018 at 294 N. Winooski Ave. Open for breakfast and lunch, Rob Blum serves sandwiches and salads using artisan bread and non-dairy cheeses made with cashew or pine nuts, vegetable oils and spices.

“After careful and difficult consideration, we regret to announce that Knead will be permanently closing our doors next Thursday, September 8th,” the company posted on its Instagram account and website on Thursday. The last day of business is Wednesday.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you over the past 5 years and to the incredible people who have partnered with us and made this possible,” the source said. “It’s been quite a journey and we feel so lucky to be part of this community that has been through the ups and downs. If we leave and focus more on our growing family, we will hold on to all the amazing moments, friendships and what we learned from Knead.”

Rob Blum opened Knead Bakery in Burlington in January 2018.

Knead has been part of a slow but steady growth of vegetarian and vegan options in northern Vermont in recent years. This bakery follows restaurants like Revolution Kitchen and Pingala Café in Burlington’s vegetarian/vegan scene. This summer, Pingala added a second restaurant in Burlington’s new north end. Further afield, Nourish Deli and Bakery in St. Petersburg. Albans, which opened last year, offers plant-based options.

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