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Cranky Al’s Named October’s Bakery of the Month

Congratulations to Cranky Al’s in Wauwatosa, WI.  The doughnut-coffee-pizza shop has been proclaimed the Bakery of the Month for October 2017 from the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA).  Cranky Al’s earned the honor for hosting the WBA’s Fall Bakers Forum this month.  Bakers Forums are networking and educational events for WBA members and other baking industry representatives.  During the Fall Bakers Forum, attendees were given the opportunity to tour Cranky Al’s and participate in a discussion about equipment.

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Susie Brkich and Joey Carioti

Cranky Al’s is owned by Susie and Al Brkich and their nephew, Joey Carioti. Serving hand-cut doughnuts, hot breakfast sandwiches, and coffee in the mornings and pizza for dinner, this family-owned business opened in 2006 and currently has 19 employees.

Cranky Al’s has been recognized for many outstanding achievements including:  being named on Alton Brown’s list of his favorite donut places in the United States, Best of Milwaukee – Donuts through The Shepherd Express, and countless other awards from the Wisconsin Bakers Association.

The Bakery of the Month Award was presented to Joey Carioti and Susie Brkich by WBA’s Communications Director, Jessica Hoover.   WBA members must meet the following criteria to be considered for Bakery Operation of the Month:  Be a WBA member in good standing; give back to their community as well as the baking industry; and have outstanding business qualifications.

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