Fitzroy (note that North Fitzroy is considered a separate area in this data) has seven bakeries (that is, premises where baking occurs, not necessarily where baked goods are sold to the public). They are:
- Fatto a Mano (formerly Gertrude Street Organic Bakery), 228 Gertrude St
- NY Bagels, 113 Rose St
- Licata’s Bakery Bar / Cafe (formerly Pane Provinciale, also known as Itza cafe), 402 Brunswick St
- Smith Bakery, 237 Smith St
- Le Gourmet Cakes, 271 Brunswick St
- Smiths Cakes & Aquilana Pasticceria, 297 Smith St
- Babka bakery cafe, 358 Brunswick St
I have recently received the details for all the hygiene inspections carried out on Fitzroy food service businesses, and I posted some of the common reasons for failing an inspection last week. Because the names of the businesses are protected by privacy laws, I have been denied access to this information and the residents of Fitzroy have been prevented from accessing information that could help them protect their health and wellbeing.
Anonymity may work well in a crowd, but when you’re one of only seven it is less effective. The sequential nature of the inspections suggests that at least two of the seven bakeries have received repeated visits from the inspectors and have repeatedly failed their inspections without making the necessary improvements to their premises and practices.
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I’ve not had any bad experiences with any baked goods in Fitzroy. NY bagels are available at the Beans and Bagels cafe on Johnston St, so you can eat them locally. I’ve never bought bread from Smith bakery, and from what I have seen, Licata’s or Itza stopped baking earlier this year and is now only a cafe (please note I am not making a connection between this observation and the information presented here).
I’d like to hear from customers of these bakeries about their experiences with their products. The food we eat from these offending bakeries could be a threat to our health. We deserve to know who they are.