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Arthur Ave. Bread Will Sell Fresh Baked Products Direct from the Oven in Sleepy Hollow

The bakery's newly relocated wholesale operations will be complemented by a retail store to open in about two weeks. On opening day, all retail-shop baked goods will be sold at a 50% discount.

Famed Arthur Ave. Bread, an institution in The Bronx for more than 55 years, will begin retail sales at its new Sleepy Hollow location later this month. "We are probably about two weeks away from opening," Walter Galiano, Jr., president, said.

On opening day, all retail-shop baked goods will be sold at a 50% discount.

The existing storefront at 2409-2415 Arthur Avenue in The Bronx and a baking facility behind it will be retained but mainly to service local customers; otherwise, the bakery's wholesale and retail operations will make Sleepy Hollow their new home. 

Arthur Ave. Bread is widely known for its trademark crusty breads called by a few names including Pane di Casa, bread-on-the-hand, or just "round bread."  It offers many other bakery goods as well including Bastone (a long bread), Kaiser soft rolls, deli and club rolls, muffins, bagels, cakes, authentic Italian pastries including cannoli, cookies and sesame-seed, crispy Italian bread sticks by the bag. 

The Sleepy Hollow storefront will also sell coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, soda and other popular beverages.

During the hours when the retail store is closed, patrons will still be able to purchase bakery staples by going through the garage entrance to reach the bakery interior. It is advisable to bring bills in small denominations or exact change.

Arthur Ave. Bread was opened in 1954 by Gerardo Galiano (Walter's grandfather).

A growing need to expand necessitated the move from The Bronx. The choice of Sleepy Hollow, Walter Galiano, Jr. said, was influenced by a strong feeling that Sleepy Hollow represented a growth community and the village's central location. Many of the bakery's commercial customers are in upstate New York as far north as Columbia County and Sleepy Hollow represented a viable location from which its trucks could head upstate, across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Rockland County or to southern Connecticut. Its tristate-area commercial customers include A&P and Stop & Shop supermarkets and many groceries, delicatessens and restaurants.

Several Galiano family members are helping Walter:

  • Rina, a sister, manages Sleepy Hollow retail sales
  • Regina, a sister, handles outside (wholesale) sales
  • Paul, his brother, is in charge of marketing and advertising
  • Stephanie, Walter's fiancée, helps out in the office  
  • Paola, his mother, is responsible for dessert and pastry recipes
  • Walter Galiano, Sr., his dad, spent 40 years in the bakery business and is available for consulting when needed

Walter Galiano, Jr. grew up in The Bronx and graduated from Fordham Prep High School in The Bronx. He received BS and MS degrees from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale and also earned a masters degree from Hunter College in Manhattan where his major was Administration & Supervision.

He and Stephanie plan to be married in Serino, Italy in April, 2012. 

Walter's favorite dish is Spaghetti Carbonara which he often cooks at home. He resides in Briarcliff Manor.

The bakery will be open seven days a week and will include a few tables (for self-service only). The hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to about 5 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, bread products will be available for purchase 24 hours a day (come in through the garage entrance if the retail store is closed). 

Arthur Ave. Bread is located at 149 Cortlandt Street, Sleepy Hollow, 914-909-5454.

Krista Madsen September 13, 2011 at 02:51 PM
This is great! We could use some fresh baked bread around here! Can't wait.
Bob Ronan September 13, 2011 at 04:52 PM
What a great addition to the Village of Sleepy Hollow. I have been serving their fresh baked breads for weeks in my restaurant and the response has been tremendous. It comes out of the oven about 4:00 and is delivered within the hour still warm. Just about everyone has asked me if we have changed the bread and are thrilled to hear about the new bakery. Nothing but good things to say about the Galiano family and their Arthur Ave Breads. Great Job Guys! Bob Ronan - Moon River Grill
Ethel September 13, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Excellent news. This town needs fresh bread! And great to see a new business going in on Cortland Street.
Karen Ringen September 14, 2011 at 01:18 PM
It will be so nice to walk down Cortlandt again to buy fresh bread. When we moved to town Alter's Bakery was still in that spot. I have missed them every time I walked past the building. This is a great addition to the village. I'll be one of the first people in the door.
Dana B. September 14, 2011 at 02:19 PM
best of luck!! Karen when u said Alters Bakery it brought back memories!!
Maria DiBlasi September 14, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Thank you for bringing back the smell of bread. Our family has lived in this town for three generations and are Italian so it is a wonderful addition for us. We truly missed Alter's and this bakery will save us trips to Arthur Avenue.
Judy September 15, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Going to the back near the garage when the retail store is closed brought back memories of when I was a kid in Illinois. On Sunday evenings we would go to buy hot Italian bread as they were taking it out of the oven. I can't hardly wait for them to open. Thanks Patch for this great news and best wishes to the Galiano family in their new bakery in Sleepy Hollow.
Jerry Eimbinder September 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Arthur Ave. Bread is across the street from the former location of Alter's Bakery which according to the recollections of Sleepy Hollow oldtimers was at 144 Cortlandt Street, had an oven in its basement and apparently closed in 2000.
Dorothy Handelman September 15, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Wonderful news!! My family loves Arthur Ave. Bread and I am so happy they are opening a location here!!!
Janice Landrum September 15, 2011 at 03:45 PM
I am SO GLAD to hear that the Alter's ovens will be back in use. They were the best -- and with the Arthur Avenue expertise added, I can't wait!
Barbara E. Muldoon September 15, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Born in the Bronx and raised on their bread, then in 66 moved here got spoiled more on Alters Bread.........what a nice treat for our village!! Good Luck !!!
Jerry Eimbinder September 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I'm surprised there is so much confusion. No connection whatsoever exists between the two Sleepy Hollow bakeries: the newly arrived Galiano family's Arthur Ave. Bread from The Bronx and Alter's Bakery (long gone). Arthur Ave. Bread is at 149 Cortlandt Street; by coincidence this happens to be across the street from the former location of Alter's Bakery at 144 Cortlandt Street. (This was actually pointed out in my comment a couple of days ago.) Arthur Ave. Bread has its own ovens and is not using one left behind by Alter's Bakery. The Galiano family member heading their operations is named Walter - sounds a little bit like Alter but that's just coincidence too.
Maureen Madden Marmo September 16, 2011 at 08:01 AM
Congratulations to the whole Galiano Family. It will be a wonderful addition to our town. Lots of Good Luck to you All. Maureen Madden Marmo
Jerry Eimbinder September 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Patch is receiving inquiries concerning the date for opening day. On Sept. 15, Walter Galiano, Jr. anticipated that opening day would take place in late September. That's all we know at this time. The opening day offer is enticing: all retail-shop baked goods at a 50% discount.
Karen Ringen October 03, 2011 at 06:55 PM
I've already stopped by and bought bread. The retail space isn't open but the garage door is.
Jerry Eimbinder October 03, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Karen is correct. Bread can be purchased day or night at Arthur Ave. Bread by entering through the garage and paying with cash. At this time, the bakery's owners anticipate opening the retail store on the weekend of October 15. (This date is tentative.)
Jerry Eimbinder October 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Arthur Ave. Bread expects to open its retail shop very soon, possibly in a week. But to buy bread now, day or night, walk in through the garage entrance and bring cash.
Chris Atkinson October 29, 2011 at 04:20 PM
They just opened today (October 29) and have the two-for-one discount!
Jerry Eimbinder October 29, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Because of today's snow, Arthur Ave. Bread will extend its special opening day offer of 50 percent off for retail-shop bread products to tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 30). The retail store will be open until 5 p.m. today. Tomorrow it will open between 7 and 8 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m.
Jerry Eimbinder October 30, 2011 at 08:30 PM
I stopped by Arthur Ave. Bread at 3 p.m. today (closing time for the retail shop - today). The store will open at 7 a.m. tomorrow because it's halloween but normally at 6 a.m. on weekdays beginning on Tuesday. They were baking bagels in the back when I left. My son Eric recommends their delicious fresh baked cookies.
Jerry Eimbinder October 31, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Look for Linda Viertel's informative article about Arthur Ave. Bread appearing in The November edition of The Hudson Independent on page 12. The issue should arrive in the mail on or about Nov. 1.

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