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Talking of bread (see Barbarella, below), it’s sigh time for one of the little jewels of downtown: Bread on Market, at 730 Market.


I know. I’m the last to know, ’cause this happened a couple of months ago -- at least that’s what the moving men told me yesterday -- but BOM is gone. Closed.


Two things I loved were their olive bread and croissants. Oh man. Nothing like sitting outside on a sunny morning with the coffee-croissant combo, and a whole day ahead of you.


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This little bread bakery and sandwich place was Susanna Starcevic’s dream. She moved back from NYC to do this, in 2003.

Well, guess eight years ain’t a bad run, though it makes you wonder: is the artisan movement topping out? Same time Susanna’s place is going, Subway’s announced as the biggest fast food chain in the world. We’re happy to chomp on collapsible mass-produced pseudo bread because, yes, it’s cheap.

But Susanna’s was an honorable strike for what bread should be: individual, crunchy, one person’s honest attempt to combine living things like yeast, water, flour.

All I ask is please don’t let’s have another Subway move in to BOM’s space, 'cause it was, well, da Bom.

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