In a Facebook post Friday, restaurateur Kate Hansen announced that her husband, chef Jeremy Hansen, and she have decided to shutter Common Crumb Artisan Bakery and Biscuit Wizard in Saranac Commons on Sunday. Here’s the post from Kate Hansen:
“There is something I’ve been meaning to share for a while, and it is finally time. Jeremy and I have come to a crossroads in our business pursuits and will be wrapping up our time at the wonderful Saranac Commons this Sunday. It’s not every day that an opportunity is given to create a bakery in a historic building, and we took that opportunity and ran with it.
“It’s been such a time of nostalgia and reflection for me. In its heyday, Common Crumb Bakery was producing around the clock for upwards of 30 stores, restaurants and cafes, as well as farmers markets nearly every night of the week. There are so many factors that have led to this decision, and it isn’t one Jeremy and I take lightly.
“Over time, some of our key players moved on to new ventures, and with our time being shared with our other locations, it became harder to maintain the consistent production and quality the business required. This has been one of the most joyous but also the most heartbreaking journey for us personally. We are naturally persistent and loyal, and fought with everything – and risked nearly everything – to try and make it work.
“Thankfully, some wise and supportive people around Jeremy and I made us see that it’s time to scale down. Although Jeremy saw this coming way before I did, he continued to sacrifice and dig in deeper with me, determined to make it work, far past it being able to be saved. So, come down this weekend and join me as we say goodbye to this amazing building and community.
“It has been one of our greatest honors to open and operate Common Crumb and our sweet little biscuit shop. Huge thanks to our supporters, and of course, our team, then and now, for cultivating this project with us. The Saranac Commons and the community behind it is truly special, and though it is painful to be moving on, we are excited to see what comes next in the space we leave behind.
“If you’re asking if there is anything you can do to help, please spread the word that we have a lot of bakery-related items to sell for anyone interested. And please now more than ever support your favorite local businesses.”
The Hansens still operate Inland Pacific Kitchen, Hogwash Whiskey Den and their latest venture, Smoke & Mirrors, which replaced Santé. Jeremy Hansen discussed Smoke & Mirrors, Common Crumb and more with The Spokesman-Review last month.
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