The Swiss Cake bakery closes after 36 years

The closing of the legendary Swiss Cake bakery in Hato Rey leaves at least 10 people jobless. (Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

More than three decades after opening its doors in Hato Rey, Puerto Rican bakery The Swiss Cake has closed and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection to liquidate its assets.

The bakery, founded in October 1976 and has been a fixture on Roosevelt Ave., reported nearly $510,000 in debt in its petition filed earlier this week at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Juan. The company listed about $24,000 in assets, mostly baking and kitchen equipment.

The lengthy petition includes a resolution by The Swiss Cake Inc.’s board approving the decision to liquidate the business. Company President Ricardo Rey-Rivera signed the petition.

About 10 employees were left jobless and are owed about $8,000 in wages, the filing stated.

Attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful Thursday.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court will hold the first meeting of creditors — which includes several government agencies and food industry suppliers — Aug. 30.

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