An iconic Ridgewood bakery will be celebrating its 80th birthday with some sweet old-fashioned prices.
Rudy’s Bakery and Café, located at 905 Seneca Ave., has been at the same spot in Ridgewood since 1934. And for its anniversary, which it’s celebrating on Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m., the bakery is going back to its original prices.
“We’re a traditional bakery and we cater to customers whose families have lived in this neighborhood for generations,” said Antoinette “Toni” Binanti, who has owned the establishment since 1980 when her family took over from previous owner Kurt Schlegelmilch. “We love our customers and we’re happy to provide them with the baked goods that they remember from childhood.”
Among the baked goods that will be available for the original pricing of 80 cents apiece will be miniature jelly donuts, Linzer tarts, Black Forest cake, cheese and cherry strudel and danishes. Along with the discounted prices, Rudy’s is hosting a German band and pumpkin decorating for children, among other activities.
Rudy’s first started servicing Ridgewood in the heart of the Great Depression, when the neighborhood was home to a large community of German immigrants.
While it has continued to serve traditional German treats, such as Bienenstich and strudel, Rudy’s has grown its menu to start serving sweets like gelato and iced Nutella lattes.
“Though we have evolved with the times to offer new confections, we feel we’re part of a tradition here and we’re honored to play a role in the milestones of so many families with the cakes and other sweets that are part of their special occasions,” Binanti said.
The bakery’s anniversary celebration will coincide with Ridgewood’s Seneca Avenue Oktoberfest Stroll.