HOUSTON, TX – They say the best recipes take time to perfect. That age is just a value of experience and good things come to those who wait. If that’s the case, no one has more goodness packed into a display case than a little place on Braeswood that’s been getting up early and getting it done for nearly sixty-five years.
Welcome to Three Brother’s Bakery.
“My dad’s mother, her family was in the bakery business,” owner Bobby Jucker says, “and so that generation and the generation before and the generation before that were in the bakery business, so it’s just been passed down all these years.”
The story starts in a small bakery in Poland in the early 1800’s. Passed down generation to generation until a day in 1941 when three brothers found themselves swept into holocaust.
“They were in concentration camps, work camps, it was not a good situation.”
Four years, they endured. Until a spring day in 1945, liberation day, when those who had survived awoke to find the camp empty of guards.
With their home land ruined and nowhere to go, the three brothers set out for America with nothing in their pockets but a few old family recipes and a dream.
“It’s the only thing they knew how to do; they didn’t know how to do anything else,” Jucker says. “That’s what my dad learned when he was a child growing up in the bakery. He had to work when he was a little boy.”
Today, it’s everything from cookies and wedding cakes to classic rye bread and hamentashen, made fresh every day the same way more than sixty years. And Chew on This: the work it took to make this place still shows in the furniture.
“From his fingers rubbing against this surface, he cleaned it down all the way down over the years to the metal. And that’s what you see there,” Bobby says showing us the bench where his father worked for decades.
It’s the kind of history and passion you won’t find in a grocery store. The good news is that you can find it here. And odds are, they’ll still be up and baking sixty-years to come.