5 a.m.3 minute read Saturday, May. 9, 2020
On a block of south Osborne Street where shuttered businesses outnumber the open ones, Chocolate Zen bakery glows in the slate-grey early morning light like a beacon of comfort.
Inside the tiny bakery, co-owner Barbara Rudiak is getting organized for another day of cake- and pastry-making.
Her pastry chef partners — Betty Lai and Douglas Krahn — will be in a bit later but there are still orders to process, events to prioritize and calls to return. Even in the economic ruin of a pandemic shutdown, it seems that just about everyone can make room for some cake.
“It’s comfort food, right?” Rudiak says. “At a time like this, we need all the comfort we can get.”
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