Evanston bakery suddenly closes

Manuel Rapada, Assistant City Editor

Fraiche Bakery and Cafe, which received much media attention recently for a lawsuit over recipes, has unexpectedly closed for business.

Though Twitter account Northwestern Tips reported that the bakery permanently closed Wednesday morning, it is not clear when Fraiche, 815 Noyes St., closed and for what reason.

Owner Susan Davis Friedman could not be reached for comment.

In April, Friedman filed a lawsuit claiming a former chef stole a binder of key recipes, including the recipe of its signature Cinnamon Bomb. Friedman later dropped the lawsuit, and the cafe continued to offer pastries based on the disputed recipe. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Fraiche’s Facebook page has not been updated since Dec. 30, and calls to the business went to a voicemail message announcing the closure.

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

— Manuel Rapada