“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.
While not much has stayed the same on Grafton Hill over the last 80 years or so, there’s always been one surefire place you could go to meet a friend — maybe even your future spouse — have a beer and a laugh, and let all those changes wash away for an hour or two.
There’s no disagreement about Dezi Garcia’s talent. And the young singer-songwriter from Worcester has put in the time, working local gigs and making two albums. But getting real notice in his competitive industry takes more than talent and time, although it’s hard to say exactly what. For starters, he aims to put together a summer tour.
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.
“I do not know if things would have been different if the bishop were a part of the public discussion. But given the stakes involved and the fact that so many of the people he leads were heartsick over the church’s closing, he should have tried.”