TellurideNewb.com – Baked in Telluride Reopens

Perched on a weathered, wooden seat, soaking up sunshine and sinking my teeth into a slice of cheesy, greasy, pepperoni pizza was one of the few rituals I would partake in during my annual trip to Telluride before moving down to the San Juans last November. Like most festival attendees and weekend excursionists, stopping off for a pastry or coffee at the iconic Baked in Telluride was as essential as grabbing a beer at the New Sheridan Hotel or hiking up to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. Without it, a trip to Telluride was just incomplete.

But 16 months ago, things changed. On a cold, February 2010 night, a fire from underneath one of the bakery’s ovens ignited, consuming not only the structure, but its history as well. A hole had appeared in the town’s culture; the locals were lost.

Now, almost a year and a half later, that hole has been filled. Serving up pastries, breakfast burritos, donuts, pies and ginormous cookies yet again, the historical Baked in Telluride is back with a vengeance. Sure, the structure is larger, the ovens are newer and the front patio is not nearly as decrepit as it once was, but that nostalgic, mountain-town culture that BIT helped create has returned for all visitors and locals alike.

~Gavin, TellurideNewb.com

(For stunning images of the fire, visit Ben Knight’s website and select Baked in Telluride on the lower left-hand side.)

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