New York - Moishe’s Bake Shop, an iconic mainstay in Manhattan’s East Village, unexpectedly closed its doors this week. The future of the location appeared to be in question on Thursday, with several conflicting reports surrounding its fate.

The kosher bakery, which first opened in the East Village in the early 1970s, was somewhat of an institution in the neighborhood, and one of the only remaining kosher bakeries in lower Manhattan. While Moishe’s has a second location on the Lower East Side, the East Village location became a beloved neighborhood standby and was mourned this week as news trickled out.

“Sadly, we just heard from the owner, Moishe Perlmutter that today was its last day as the the entire building has been sold,” wrote photographers James and Karla Murray on Instagram on Wednesday. “We loved this kosher #bakery as everything was baked on the premises fresh every day. They were known for their challah bread, rye bread, hamantaschen, rugelach, babka and sugar kichel.” reported that a staffer at the bakery’s Lower East Side location confirmed the East Village shop had shuttered its doors for good. And according to Gothamist, employees were only told Tuesday that the bakery was closing that day, and “as word spread, customers, many of them in tears, convened at the shop.”

But the longtime owner, Moishe Perlmutter, told the East Village on Wednesday that the space is being renovated and might be reopened as a cafe after Passover. Read more at JPost