Orleanians care about our history, be it personal or the city’s. In 1920 we created the Vieux Carre’ Commission to maintain the historical architecture in its French Quarter. We revere jazz in a simple, what some might call ”run down,” music venue called Preservation Hall, because it seems to keep its authenticity that way. We nostalgically join in Benny Grunch’s song, “Ain’t There No More” when he sings of the many places, such as McKenzie’s Bakeries, that were New Orleans mainstays but are now gone.
I’m not sure what Mom was thinking when this photo was taken, but the scene in front of her was common at our gatherings for many, many years.
Daniel Entringer bought Henry McKenzie’s Uptown bakery and kept him on as manager ’til his death in 1936. There were about fifty McKenzie’s bakeries in the area when they finally closed in 2001.
Below Linda LeBon tells us how Orleanians feel now as they see the McKenzie’s brand again at a local franchise of Tastee Donuts:
While working at Tastee/McKenzie’s on Harrison Avenue, customers come in soooo often
so happy to see McKenzie’s I almost cried.”
True statement. She now lives out of state but had to stop and buy things to bring back to wherever she’s living now.
One man walked in and with arms up to heaven,
Have I taken a step back into the past?!”
I answered, “Yes, you have. What looks good?”
Quite a few people come in and take pictures on their phones to forward to other people and then get a call from that person who is not in NOLA, questioning them about how they got those pictures. It takes the photographer a while before the caller is convinced that a McKenzie’s bakery does exist.
Many people have said, “Now, we have to get Schwegmann’s and K&B’s back and the world will be a better place.”
New Orleanians honor their traditions, even stores!