Silver Bell Bakery: Keeping Eastern European Tradition Alive

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

Silver Bell Bakery has been giving Americans of Eastern European decent a slice of tradition for more than a century.

The bakery, which first opened its doors in 1882, was founded by owner Albert Radziunas’ grandfather, a Lithuanian immigrant. It had humble beginnings on Stagg Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and sought to serve the fast-growing Eastern European population in the area.

Silver Bell Bakery in Middle Village has been in business for more than a century. Photo by Trisha Sakhuja

Silver Bell Bakery in Middle Village has been in business for more than a century. Photo by Trisha Sakhuja

“It was established back then by my grandfather who started baking breads for the ethnic community – the German, Polish and the Lithuanian community in Williamsburg,” Radziunas said.

In an effort to expand the business, in 1969, Silver Bell Bakery moved to a new location on Junction Boulevard in Corona, Queens. Though the business was well-received by the community, in 1996, the Radziunas family ultimately decided to move the business to Middle Village, where there was a very strong Eastern European presence.

Though Silver Bell Bakery may have begun as a small bakery, the family-owned business has since grown to be a staple in the Queens community. Today, Silver Bell is a wholesale bakery with a retail location and services more than 500 stores in the Tri-State area.

“It has grown, developed and redeveloped several times,” Radziunas said.

Radziunas attributes the success of Silver Bell to his family’s commitment of keeping the traditions of “Old World” baking alive. Each of their authentic breads and pastries are made from scratch with only the finest ingredients.

“The bakery is a long-established bakery. We’re different from a lot of other bakeries,” Radziunas said. “We make all our breads from scratch using natural flours – it’s a three-day process. There are not that many bakeries that do that, even in New York. If you’re looking for an authentic, dense and hearty product, that’s what we do.”

Radziunas, who now runs the business, said that he always knew Silver Bell Bakery was “in his blood.” When he was a child, he often helped his father with the business and began to become passionate about the art of baking.

“I did everything from sweeping the floor to helping people at the door with products,” he said.

When asked what he loves most about working at Silver Bell Bakery, Radziunas said he enjoys researching new recipes and products to bring to his customers.

“I love getting behind the counter and developing new products,” he said. “I am always trying to do some research development on new products and artisan breads.”

Silver Bell Bakery is located at 64-06 Admiral Ave., Middle Village. For more information about products and services, visit www.bake4u.com

Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@queenspress.com or @nkozikowska.