Burien’s Historic Danish Bakery Sells Its Last Kringle – Possibly To My Family
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
Burien’s historic Danish Bakery sold its last Kringles, cookies and pastries Saturday (Oct. 15th), and Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer’s family may have been its final customers.
I say “may” because as we left the charming bakery just after 5:30 p.m. (we bought sugar cookies, raspberry pastries, a cinnamon bow, Kringle, and what we’re certain is the last Kermit the Frog Cupcake ever), owner Lola Pitzner and her crew were already putting the leftovers away, sweeping the floor and wiping the counters down – nobody else had showed up, and the official closing time was 6 p.m.
The Danish Bakery was opened in Olde Burien around 1930 by a Danish baker, then was taken over by Johannes Pitzner, who bought it in 1967.
Mark Pitzner and his Mother Lola continued the family tradition in 1977. It’s been in the Pitzner family for 44 years.
I asked Lola if she was happy to be closing up as she was gathering our goodies. She said, in her distinctive, clipped accent:
“Yes and No. I have felt overwhelmed recently – there’s been too much to do. There are too many emotions. I’m happy to finally get time to rest, but I’m sad to be closing the business. I’ll miss our customers, you know?”
I also asked my son what he thought:
“I’m sad that it’s closing down,” said my 13-year old. “I went there as a kid and got all those delicious treats that weren’t too expensive.”
The Bakery specialized in carefully-baked Scandinavian products including Danish pastry, pumpernickel, and various other breads, cookies, and decorated cakes. They served coffee, espresso drinks, and cold beverages in their small cafe at 825 SW 152nd Street. The establishment also had a fine assortment of hard-to-find imported Scandinavian goods such as imported jams, cheeses, chocolates, lefse and more.
Lola said the new owners had already brought in an espresso machine, and were planning on opening soon. As we learn more about the new bakery and its owners, as well as what they’ll be serving, we’ll do another story.
Here are some pics of the final moments of the bakery: