Sweet! Leske’s Bakery is expanding to Park Slope

January 25, 2013 Denise Romano
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Leske’s Bakery really is a sweet success.

The legendary Bay Ridge bakery is opening up another location in Park Slope sometime before Valentine’s Day.

Marketing director Harry Hawk said that the owners, lifelong friends Stephen Howe, Steven DeSimone and Kenny Grande, were given an opportunity to take over the space of an old bakery at 558 Fifth Avenue, between 16th and 15th Streets.

“We felt since it was on Fifth [Avenue], only three miles away from Bay Ridge, it would be a community close enough and near enough that would work for a second location,” Hawk explained.

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The other location will bake up the same beloved Leske’s recipes, just with more bakers and counter staff.

“We are a little bit different; obviously not an Italian or French bakery but a Scandinavian bakery and we think that will really resonate,” Hawk said. “We hope the moms, dads and hipsters of Park Slope will be open to old school Nordic baking.”

Victoria Hofmo, president of the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, noted that many restaurants and eateries in Park Slope originated in southwest Brooklyn and that it’s “interesting” that the trend continues.

“That started happening in the 1970s and 1980s with [the now-closed] Cucina and Circles,” she said. “I am very happy that there will be Scandinavian products in another neighborhood.”

Hawk said that an exact opening date would be announced “very soon.”

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