The last-standing Jewish bakery on Los Angeles’ iconic Fairfax Boulevard, Diamond Bakery L.A. on Fairfax has served its community since 1946 with bread and pastries that evoke smells and flavors of childhood memories and family traditions for many generations of Jewish families in the area.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, Diamond Bakery nearly closed its doors for good, but it was then Douglas Robert Weinstein set out on his mission to save the bakery for generations to come.
“My intention behind saving Diamond Bakery is to perpetuate Los Angeles’s Jewish baking traditions into the next generation. So, I’d like to get to know people and welcome you to be a part of the community. For generations, students from Fairfax High School would come here after school and get a cookie or two. We want them to keep doing that.”
Learn more in the latest batch of bread stories: https://bit.ly/LAMitzvah
Thank you to Diamond Bakery for all your support and your incredible goods! Check them out, located on Fairfax. Diamond Bakery L.A. on Fairfax
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This week I joined Brian Hollander and Doug Weinstein, new owners of the historic Diamond Bakery Inc. on Fairfax Avenue, to celebrate their grand re-opening. Diamond Bakery has been in business for 75 years and has changed ownership over the last two years, but still retains the same long-time employees, and the terrific recipes the community has known and loved. Stop by and pick up some pastries, loaves of bread, rolls, and their famous corn rye.
📍335 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Diamond Bakery Inc. a modest, mid-century bakery tucked away at 335 North Fairfax Avenue in the Fairfax District, has been serving up challah, rye, cheesecake, and an array of other Kosher goods since 1946. Even if you've never stepped foot inside, chances are high you've seen their time-tested treats for sale at farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores across Los Angeles.
Prior to COVID, Diamond Bakery was on course to start the new decade with a bang. The bakery had been family owned and operated by the same Jewish family since the '70s, but last year its future looked uncertain when the last family member retired. Diamond Bakery employees stepped in to stop it from closing: Jewish and Latino workers banded together to purchase the bakery and the new owner, Ramon Luna, along with his son Raymond, immediately started making improvements.
But the March shutdowns stopped Diamond Bakery in its tracks, forcing Luna to close the shop for two months. A successful GoFundMe campaign was launched to help avoid layoffs and Diamond Bakery is currently open for takeout and delivery, Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info, visit: https://diamondbakeryla.com.
(photo credit: Carley Michelle Hildebrand / L.A. Conservancy)
I got my shipment today! I already made a sandwich with the corn rye. Delicious! I used to go there every Sunday when I was a little boy through my early teens. My grandfather would get our bagels there, along with the rest of the fixings for brunch at Ma Gordon's Deli, which used to be attached to the bakery. A family friend, Annie, worked behind the counter for many years. She attended my Bar Mitzvah. So many good memories. Thank you for keeping the tradition alive.
Delicious variety of baked goods, friendly staff.
Got my first delivery of rye loaves.....as good as I remember from circa 1958 to 1992. And here it is 2017! Good job, Diamond Bakery. And thank you, Raymond for facilitating.