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Irvington's Grand Central Bakery Shutters; Woodstock Location Opening Soon

The family-owned chain closes its NE Weidler location, but a new Southeast spot is opening in just two weeks.

Grand Central Bakery's Irvington location has closed its doors, the company says, due to unsustainable rents. "Ben Davis and the rest of the owners wanted to stay there, but they couldn't work anything out with the landlords," says Leslie Cole, communications manager for the family-owned chain. "But we love the neighborhood and we're always looking for great locations so maybe we will be back someday."

Meanwhile, they've been busy putting the finishing touches on the new Woodstock location, set to open October 16, just in time for the neighborhood to try the bakery's new seasonal specials, including frosted brioche cinnamon rolls.

They aimed for a cozy, warm feel at the new outpost, outfitting it with white subway tiles, exposed brick, and warm wood accents from sustainably minded Hyla Woods.

The new GCB is one reason why sleepy Woodstock seems to be set for a food renaissance. Super-fresh, locally focused Portland Fish Market recently opened next door, and New Seasons is building a new store just blocks away. "The building owners reached out to us, and it just felt right from the beginning," says Cole. "It's a perfect neighborhood for a Grand Central -- walkable and bikeable with an involved, super-friendly community."

Grand Central Bakery Woodstock (opening Oct. 16): 4412 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland