Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill closes after over 100 years
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): After over 100 years in business, Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill decided to close its doors for good.
“It’s been a tremendous, tremendous faithful spot for thousands of people around the country, the family decided they are unable to reopen,” said Rick Simone, the President of the Federal Hill Association.
Simone said the bakery, known for zeppoles and baked treats, is part of the fabric of Federal Hill.
“There’s a lot of us that built tradition around them,” Simone said. “I first met them in 1993 when I came here as a college student,
Luigi Scialo and his brother, immigrants from Italy, started the bakery back in 1916.
After he passed, his two daughters Lois and Carol took over the family business.
Lois died in August and the family decided they weren’t able to reopen with her recent passing, according to Simone.
“With Louis passing it put more efforts on Carol and then the pandemic hit which quadrupled all the things they were dealing with,” Simone said.
According to social media, the bakery announced they were temporarily closing back in March.
“We do this out of an abundance of caution for both you, our customers, and our staff here at the bakery. This decision was not easy, but we feel it is the most prudent one at this time,” the post read.
Simone said they immediately started to look for new buyers of the building.
“It’s a historic building, and I’m happy the building will maintain it’s integrity,” Simone said. “We recently spoke to several of the interested parties that are interested in purchasing the building.”
According to Simone, the Omni Group, located on Federal Hill will most likely purchase the property.
“They probably close sometime soon,” Simone said.
Simone said it came down to the family wanting to try to find another way to honor the traditions of the building, after 104 years.