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Former Saint-Germain employees bring back bakery’s beloved breads

  • Video by Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com

    Ex-Saint-Germain employees opened Epi-Ya Boulangerie & Patisserie in March. The new bakery on Beretania Street serves old favorites.

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    Regina Lugue, left, owner of the new Epi-Ya Boulangerie & Patisserie, and head baker Yukikazu Sato hold freshly baked loaves of Family Bread, one of their most popular items.

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    Ray Tabata, left, says he’ll share his apple pie and shio butter rolls with his wife. Richard Tendo says he is a fan of the walnut bread, a holdover from the old Saint-Germain bakery.

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    Celyn Chong Kee, right, is a regular Epi-Ya customer especially fond of the raisin bread. Her sister-in-law Suzanne Chong Kee was glad to find a variety of muffins available.

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    Head baker Yukikazu Sato, front, and his assistant, Mike Quon, roll out shio butter rolls in the Epi-Ya kitchen.

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    A selection of breads sold at Epi-Ya Boulangerie & Patisserie includes many classics from the old Saint-Germain.

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    The bakery’s savory bites include ham pizza rolls.

A core of former Saint-Germain employees has opened the Epi-Ya Boulangerie & Patisserie, bringing back many of the old bakery’s favorite breads. Read more

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