For George’s Bakery, bread is where the heart is

“Lucian Sbat came to Worcester from Aleppo, Syria, 18 years ago. He heard about George’s Bakery shortly after his arrival in Worcester, but could never believe his friends when they’d try to convince him the bread tasted authentic.” And now he stops by the Grafton Hill mainstay three times a week — much like generations of city folks who’ve made George’s Bakery a true survivor.

For George’s Bakery, bread is where the heart is

As simple as it is, this food has been around about as long as humanity.

It’s considered the poor people’s food, a symbol of communion, the foundation of many ethnic dishes, and even a curse for those on diets. Bread has many forms, and pita bread in particular is a must in the Middle Eastern culture.

George’s Bakery, a Grafton Hill staple tucked in at 308 Grafton St., sells freshly baked pita bread, along with typical Mediterranean pantry goods.

George’s Bakery first opened 61 years ago. The original owner — and original George — George Salloum sold his bakery to George Elhoussan 25 years ago.

Grace Dahrouj, an employee of George’s Bakery for 16 years, has become the face of the business.

“I cook, I sell. I do almost everything here,” she said.