Fraiche Bakery Closes On Noyes Street

The bakery at 815 Noyes Street closed abruptly this winter. Owner Susan Friedman recently settled a lawsuit she had filed against a former chef, claiming the chef stole a binder of recipes.

Fraiche Bakery, 815 Noyes St., has “permanently closed for business,” according to the store’s recorded voice message.

“We thank you so much for your support over the years and wish you well,” the message continued. 

Bakery owner Susan Friedman was in the news last spring, when she filed a lawsuit against a former chef, claiming the chef had stolen the bakery’s recipes. Friedman dropped the suit in April after coming to an agreement with the former employee, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Multiple voicemails left with the bakery and attorney Benson Friedman were not returned before this article was published.

Susan Davis Friedman took over the former Kim’s Kitchen in September 2008, reopening it as Fraiche in spring 2009, according to the Evanston Roundtable. The bakery’s pastries were soon highlighted by food reviewers in several publications, including the New York Times and Chicago Magazine. Patch reviewer Samantha Nelson . 

Time Out Chicago named the bakery’s cinnamon bombs to its list of top “100 best things we ate (and drank) in 2011.” The famous cinnamon bombs were among the recipes that Davis Friedman claimed were stolen. 

Fraiche last updated its Facebook page on Dec. 30, 2012, with a photograph of blueberry scones. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, a customer wrote, “I am having scone withdrawals and it is not a pretty sight.”

amy o. woodbury January 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM
susan is a very talented and creative individual, and i feel for her and the rest of her staff. perhaps someday she will start a new venture, and if we're lucky, it will be here in evanston. all the best to you susan. amy fraiche customer and fan
Margaret Gorodess January 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Fraiche was a great place and will be greatly missed. MG
millie January 15, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Never been. But no guesses on closing since you don't really know the whole story


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