La Segunda acquires Seminole Heights’ historic Faedo Family Bakery

It’s slated to be the 107 year-old bakery’s fourth Tampa Bay location, although it's unsure when the transition officially takes place.

click to enlarge La Segunda acquires Seminole Heights’  historic Faedo Family Bakery
Faedo Family Bakery / Facebook
With its third location up and running over the bridge in St. Petersburg, one of Tampa’s most beloved bakeries now has plans to move into the heart of Seminole Heights.

La Segunda, which has baked out of Ybor City for more than a century, recently announced that it’s taking over the iconic Faedo Family bakery at 5105 N Florida Ave.

“Located in Seminole Heights the Faedo family has been (and still is!) a staple in the Cuban bread community. As a fellow ;born and bread' multigenerational family, we are honored to carry on the tradition as well as extend our business in Seminole Heights,” La Segunda’s Facebook reads.

For now, La Segunda’s third and newest bakery will stick to dishing out its various fresh breads, but might expand to serve its entire menu of beloved sandwiches—like the 1915 club with smoked ham, turkey, swiss cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce and tomato —salads, and grab n’ go goodies like empanadas, deviled crabs and stuffed potatoes.

Over the last year or so, Faedo Family Bakery regularly adjusted its hours  and began closing earlier than normal, citing staff shortages. The bakery’s loyal customer base loved its late-night hours and open floor plan, where guests could typically peek at the bread being prepared.

Faedo Family Bakery has provided bread for several Tampa establishments like The Front Porch, Trips Diner, the now-closed El Gallo, West Tampa Sandwich Shop and Sulphur Springs Sandwich Shop throughout its decades-long history, according to this local foodie blog.

The location opened almost 50 years ago in Seminole Heights and boasted its original name of Mauricio Faedo’s Bakery up until a few years ago.

According to Mauricio’s daughters, he learned how to make authentic Cuban bread—palmetto leaves and all—from his uncle Joe, who opened Joe Faedo's Pastry and Sandwich Shop on Tampa’s Armenia Avenue in 1952,  as a 1996 Tampa Bay Times article states.

Only time will tell if La Segunda continues the tradition and standards of the beloved Seminole Heights bakery.

It’s unsure exactly when the transition officially takes place, so follow La Segunda and Faedo Family Bakery on Facebook at @LaSegundaBakery and @FaedosBakery for the latest updates.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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