SCRATCHbread, the popular corner bakery located at 1069 Bedford Avenue (and Lexington Ave) in Bed-Stuy, today, October 11, closed its doors.
It was indeed a sad day for the store’s loyal customers, many of whom traveled near and far– from up the street, around the corner and even outside of the neighborhood– just to buy any one of its many delicious menu items.
From the bakery’s hominy grits with kale pesto and egg, to its sticky buns; from its specialty pizza slices, to its totally addictive brownies, SCRATCHbread was a no-fail destination for anyone looking to satisfy their hunger for freshly baked goods.SCRATCHbread’s owner and head baker Matthew Tilden launched the eatery from a takeout window five years ago with $5,000. Within less than a year, and because of such high demand, the bakery expanded to become a bonafide walk-in establishment, with a team of apprenticing bakers eager to learn Tilden’s brilliant baking handiwork.
By most accounts, the store’s popularity seemed to continually grow. But three weeks ago, customers received a newsletter from Tilden announcing SCRATCHbread’s closure on October 11.
Tilden wrote: “This thing created opportunities, supported so many now, I’ve got more debt than 3 lifetimes.”
He also noted that “just one investor would have changed everything.”