Five months after it closed, Nabolom Bakery reopened on a foggy Monday morning, with an enthusiastic line of long-time customers.
“I like supporting a local business, so when it reopens, it’s a joyful thing,” said Jeannie, who didn’t want to provide her last name. She hoped to find the blueberry apricot bran muffin (not today) and the cinnamon twist that she enjoyed in Nabolom’s earlier incarnation.
“Congratulations!” said another customer to new co-owner Julia Elliott. “Still standing!”
“Barely,” said Elliott, who had been working around the clock with her partner, Sabra Stepak, to reopen Nabolom. Elliott and Stepak bought the bakery (including its recipes) from the collective that owned it for four decades.
“I’m excited,” Elliott said. “But I’m so tired, I’m out of my mind. But people love Nabolom.”
One couple who came early for the reopening (having read about it on Berkeleyside) said they had discovered Nabolom in their neighborhood when they moved to Berkeley 18 months ago.
“We were emotionally devastated when it closed,” said Maurice Manning, who was getting a quick breakfast with Vanessa Goh. “We had to come celebrate before work.”
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