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Nuevo Leon, Beloved Pilsen Panaderia, Closing For 2 Weeks

The two-week break is the first time owners have closed the shop since Abel Sauceda opened it in 1973.

Nuevo Leon is closing its 18th Street bakery for two weeks.
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PILSEN —  Beloved Pilsen panaderia Nuevo Leon will close its doors for two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The owners of the bakery at 1634 W. 18th St. announced on Facebook they plan to close the shop for a two-week break starting Saturday. 

The closing comes after restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other non-essential businesses have been forced to close their doors to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Nuevo Leon, which has served fresh baked goods to families in the neighborhood for decades, decided to close for the health and safety of everyone. 

“It is a precaution we have decided to make for the wellbeing of our family, employees and customers,” the owners of the shop wrote Thursday on Facebook.

“No employee or family member is [or] was sick,” owners said in the post.

The bakery has limited the number of patrons who can be inside the shop.

The two-week break is the first time owners have closed the bakery since it was opened by Abel Sauceda in 1973.

Owners apologized for the inconvenience, but they said they can’t wait to return “rested and ready” to serve the community. 

The owners could not be immediately reached for comment. 

In 2013, the Mexican bakery was featured on Chicago’s Best.

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