Kuchen dessert maker shuts downA bakery in the small southwest North Dakota town of Hebron that sent kuchen to buyers around the country has closed.
HEBRON, N.D. (AP) — A bakery in the small southwest North Dakota town of Hebron that sent kuchen to buyers around the country has closed.
Myron and Betty Lapp planned to sell Lapp’s Bakery and its recipes for the traditional German dessert and then retire, but they couldn’t immediately find a buyer. They sold the building the bakery was in late last year and can’t afford the rental rate while trying to find a buyer for their business, so they now might just retire, they told The Dickinson Press.
“We have heard so many ‘oh no’s’” from customers, Betty Lapp said. “It makes me feel bad, but it’s something we have to do.”
The Lapps sold their kuchen to grocery stores in the region and through the Internet for nearly 14 years.
“There was a lot of history there,” Betty Lapp said. “It’s kind of sad. It’s the end of an era, you know, but that’s just the way it goes.”
Ralph Dockter, vice president of retail operations for Dan’s Super Market in Dickinson, Bismarck and Mandan, said the Lapps’ kuchen was a hot seller.
“It’s been around for some time and they have a good reputation, a good name and a good quality product,” he said. “We will do our best to find some comparable item.”
The new owners of the bakery building aren’t commenting on what they will use it for.