Ayélet Turgeman Nuchi in her Palo Alto shop
Ayélet Turgeman Nuchi in her Palo Alto shop

Babka-only bakery forced to close after dispute with landlord

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Babka by Ayélet has closed after just a year in business in Palo Alto. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the dedicated babka bakery was doing well, but a dispute with the landlord forced owner Ayélet Turgeman Nuchi to close. She is already looking to reopen somewhere in Los Altos.

“They are not very supportive of small businesses here at the Town & Country Shopping Center,” said Nuchi, who is originally from Tel Aviv.

The bakery attracted long lines of people when it opened in December 2018.

In the meantime, Nuchi will continue to make the yeasted cakes by special order out of a commercial kitchen at babkabyayelet.com/order-online.

In addition to traditional flavors like chocolate and cinnamon, Nuchi made original flavors for her shop such as halvah and raspberry with cream cheese. She also developed savory versions, including butternut squash and tomato mozzarella, and served brunch on weekends.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."