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Business Spotlight: Asa’s Bakery

Owner: Asa Diebolt
3507 23rd Ave S

Long line to get into Asas Bakery
Opening day had lines around the block

If you were driving down 23rd Avenue on Sunday, December 8th, you may have done a double take.  Just what was going on, what day is it?  You knew it wasn’t Black Friday and what might bring a line out the door and around the corner?  Well, move over Jucy Lucy, Asa’s Bakery is in the hood and opened to great fanfare.   

That is right.   The local bagel, bialy, and bread-slinging Asa has partnered with owners of the former Vittles location to bring his delicious bread to Corcoran every weekend – ALL YEAR ROUND!   The location will be open on Fridays from 7a.m. to 2p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8a.m. to 3p.m., rain or shine, but get there early as they close when they sell out and fortunately for Asa, they’ve been selling out! Additionally, he has added coffee and tea so you can easily grab a more well-rounded lunch or breakfast on the go.

A longtime favorite at the Midtown Farmer’s Market, Asa is no stranger to the neighborhood (in fact he lives in Powderhorn). Weather, however, can be unpredictable and market closures can leave vendors with a lot of unsold goods.  By talking with fellow vendors of Kabomellette, who still use the Vittles space for their thriving food truck and catering business, he was able to strike a deal to use their kitchen and former deli space and thus Asa’s Bakery, as a brick and mortar, was born.

Just like at the Midtown Market, his bagel sandwiches will have topping options like cream cheese and smoked whitefish salad.  All his breads are naturally leavened and made from Minnesota milled flours and sourdough is a house specialty.  For those of you who love bialys, this is the place to get one.  If you don’t know what one is, it is said to be cousin to the bagel, similar and chewy in texture.   They are baked not boiled, have an indent rather than a hole and are much more popular on the east coast.

Good bread makes great hostess gifts for the holidays or all year round. Stop by for a quick bite and truly support a neighbor and possibly run into a few as well.

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