Popular Crawfords bakery closing

July 29, 2008
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Crawford’s Bakery IndianapolisCrawfords Bakery & Deli is closing its retail bakery at 16th Street and Capital Avenue across from Methodist Hospital. The local company, established in 1981, will continue operating a 25,000-square-foot wholesale bakery on the northwest side after the downtown store closes at the end of September. Owners Rick and Karen Crawford said in a statement the store will close upon the expiration of its lease. The popular bakery is planning customer-appreciation days starting Aug. 6 and on Labor Day will share its famous chicken salad recipe on its web site. What would you like to see as a replacement?
  • How many want to bet Methodist bought it to tear down for parking or more hospital space? Correct me if I am wrong, but the article did not say they were closing to poor sales or other cause other than they are closing when their lease expires.

    Even if that is not the case, Methodist will buy it like they are buying all land around them to keep from being landlocked.
  • Kudos to the owners for having the stomach to be in the food service
    biz for 27 years!
  • For the life of me, I can't understand why they would be closing. They've always had plenty of customers when I've been in there. I guess I have to find somewhere else to get my wedding cake. :(
  • What?! It seems hard to believe that they aren't profitable, so if the owners just want to get out of the retail side of the business, they should try to sell it.

    Anyway, I'm sure that building won't stay empty for long. There are a lot of mouths to feed at Methodist.
  • This will probably end up being a Panera Bread type restaurant.. eh.
  • TinyTim, try Rene's in Broad Ripple. Or Patachou, they make cakes to order.
  • The area is really starting to show signs of improvement with the new WFYI studios on the corner of 16th and Meridian, a revitalization of the former Grain Dealers building next door, and the reported rehab of the Penn Arts Apartment building. It's a shame a brilliant downtown landmark like Crawfords is leaving now. I'd like to see a deli, florist, or an organic market in their former space, however.
  • TinyTim:
    You can still get your wedding cake from Crawford's on the Northwest side. That's where they bake the wedding cakes anyway. Plus, everytime I've been to the NW location, that's where I see Rick and Karen. They personally helped me with my wedding cake, and it was beautiful and delicious.
  • This is strictly about the lease. I suspect Methodist will use the land. It's only the retail outlet that's closing.
  • Its a shame it is closing.
    I see no point in tearing it down. The storefront is quiet interesting with it's glazed terra-cotta facade.
    I wouldn't mind seeing a structure built on top of it incorporating the older 1st floor.
    I hope it isn't lost to parking.
  • Crawfords changed their menu and raised their prices late last year or early this year. Sales dropped off immediately. Before the changes thay had a line that ran from 11:30 to 1:00. Now you can walk right in at 12:00 noon and be the first in line.
  • Cory, have you uncovered anything about who the landlord is or who might be in line to use the building?
  • Cory,

    Any update on the question above?

    Landlord? Proposed Use?
  • Hi,
    Rick and I decided to close our bakery because we could not come to terms on a new lease with our landlord. We wish whoever takes our place the very best.

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