The week begins with some sad news out of St. Paul: Yesterday was the final day of service for Jerabek's New Bohemian. They have served their last pot pie and poured their final cup of coffee. Saturday, the owners took to their website to let fans know that they would no longer be able to keep their doors open.
Jerabek's New Bohemian has long been an institution in this St. Paul neighborhood. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1906. Many of the baked goods sold there were made the traditional way, from original owner Ed Jerabek's ancient recipes.
Saturday the owners updated the restaurant website with this heart-wrenching note:
We cannot express in words the pain involved in the decision to suspend operations at Jerabek's. Numerous physical, financial, and emotional challenges have made us unable to properly lead and run the business. Our personal obligations and stresses have piled up to a breaking point that we need to address before we lose the things in our lives that are most important to us. Our neighbors and regular customers have been so wonderful that we cannot thank you all enough for the support you gave our institution, and we thank you for your recent outpouring of support once word was out that we were halting service. We feel shame and remorse that we are are so sudden in our inability to continue to serve you, please understand that recent circumstances forced us to act quickly.
Thank you for the faith you had in us, we sincerely apologize we could not follow through with the dream that we had for Jerabek's. Perhaps this will open doors for others to build and enact a similar dream.An Appeal to the Community:Our wonderful staff were the motivation to keep us going over the past few months when we worked on our personal challenges, and we are indebted to them in many ways. I know they will be looking for new work, and if you could find it in your heart to point them toward any open doors you may know of, it would be a huge help for our community. They are talented people with big hearts.With deep regrets and apologies,Russ, John, and Ronda; Jerabek's former owners
More than just a cafe or bakery, Jerabek's was part of the fabric of the community, baking wedding cakes, cookies, bars, pot pies, and more for the milestones of their loyal patrons. The easy cafe allowed for long, quiet conversations where old friends could connect, or families could break out of their daily routines. With the shuttering of Jerabek's, there will be a hole in the heart of this St. Paul neighborhood.