Crumbs! Historic artisan bakery saved from closure after locals come to the rescue

Operating for nearly four decades and now run by the fourth generation of the same family of bakers, Manufaktura Wypieków Pozorek on Jadowska street in Warsaw’s Praga Północ recently announced its future was under threat from rising business costs. Kalbar/TFN

Local residents are coming together to help save the oldest and last remaining artisan bakery in Warsaw’s Praga district after a social media appeal posted by the business’s owners.

Operating for nearly four decades and now run by the fourth generation of the same family of bakers, Manufaktura Wypieków Pozorek on Jadowska street in Warsaw’s Praga Północ recently announced its future was under threat from rising business costs.

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The historic bakery has existed at the same site in Praga since the early 1980s when it was founded by Marian Pozorek (pictured).Kalbar/TFN

In an emotive message posted on Facebook by youngest family members Sebastian and Łucja Pozorek, the business wrote: “Listen up everyone, things are bad. Even very bad. I am sure you are aware of the situation on the market.

“On Christmas Eve we received a further increase to our gas prices by nearly 100 %. In January a further 50%. Since June our prices have gone up by over 350%.

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After Marian Pozorek’s death in 2015 and that of his son Dariusz in 2017, the bakery is now owned and run by Dariusz’s wife Agnieszka Pozorek and her children Sebastian and Łucja.Kalbar/TFN

“We are small Praga artisans and unfortunately we aren’t able to bare this burden. We have two options: 1. close our bakery 2. Drastically raise the cost of our bread…There is also a third option, YOU.

“We’d like to ask for your help. Inform your family, friends and colleagues that there is a nice small bakery in Praga. Please share our post so as many people as possible can find out about us, in that case there might be a chance…That a family tradition, which was started by our great-grandfather Roman Dobrowolski, which was passed on to us by our grandfather Marian Pozorek, later our father Darek Pozorek, can survive.

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Agnieszka’s mother Maria and one additional worker called Darek also help run the bakery.Kalbar/TFN

“It’s not about the business…It’s about our passion and the heart we put into our work and the traditions we are trying to continue”.

The historic bakery has existed at the same site in Praga since the early 1980s when it was founded by Marian Pozorek who learnt the trade from his father-in-law who had a bakery in Warsaw during the inter-war period.

Imbued with a passionate for the bread-making craft, Marian Pozorek then opened his Praga bakery in 1984.

With rising gas prices, the business was struggling to survive and in an emotive message posted on Facebook wrote: “Listen up everyone, things are bad. Even very bad. I am sure you are aware of the situation on the market.”Manufaktura Wypieków Pozorek/Facebook

In 2000, he set up Poland’s first and only private bread museum dedicated to the history of breadmaking, featuring a display of unique items collected by Pozorek dating as far back as 1890.

After Marian Pozorek’s death in 2015 and that of his son Dariusz in 2017, the bakery is now owned and run by Dariusz’s wife Agnieszka Pozorek and her children Sebastian and Łucja with help from Agnieszka’s mother and one additional worker.

Speaking to TFN, Ageniszka Pozorek said: “Our bakery is the oldest in Praga and one of the oldest in Warsaw. The saddest thing would be to lose all the heritage that has been built up, including the bread museum, that’s what pains us most…For my father-in-law baking was a passion: both work and a hobby.

Since its appeal, people have been rallying to help save the historic bakery with the original post shared 1,200 times.Dla Pragi/Facebook

“After the fall of Communism and the introduction of various additives to bread products, he vowed to stick to traditional, natural recipes. This continues today and we haven’t changed anything in the recipe and method of baking written down by Marian Pozorek”.

Since its appeal, people have been rallying to help save the historic bakery with the original post shared 1,200 times.

Agnieszka Pozorek told TFN: “The response so far has been amazing, our sales have gone up by 200%. I can’t believe there are so many good people out there willing to support us and who are giving us their kind words of support as well. It’s truly amazing”.