A few notes for this shopping strip:
There is another bakery, which brings the number to five along this block. The Happy Grain Organic Bakery is now open on the east side, just north of Millwood. The place looked and smelled good, but I only had room to try one thing. The cheese Danish was unconventional and looked tempting. It was definitely worth eating. The pastry was nicely done and quite buttery. The filling was cream cheese with a hint of orange and a scatter of poppy seeds. It was not overly sweet, which is a big plus for me. One flaw left it short of real excellence - it was a bit dry, which was incongruous given the strong butter taste.
There were fresh, hot bagels on the chute at Bagel House at about 10:00 AM today (Friday). I wasn't able to pin down any answers about regular baking times at this location or on Avenue Rd, but this provides at least a frame of reference for those who have been wondering. They smelled great. Unfortunately, I was too full to sample one at that moment.
Nunzio was once the manager of this former Bruno's location and took it over from Bruno (who, I believe, is his uncle) some years ago. Although never as good as Bruno's, with Nunzio himself being a big part of the problem, it was a handy neighbourhood resource. They are closing imminently ("as soon as we get rid of what's still here"). There is a sign on the marquee outside offering big discounts, but most of the remaining stock is being sold at the full price. No word on what, if anything, will be replacing it. Bayview landlords seem to be driving stores away with big rent hikes.