LITTLE VILLAGE — A popular Little Village bakery will get long-overdue upgrades thanks to a city grant.
Nuevo Leon Bakery, 4062 W. 26th St., received $60,000 in the latest round of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants. The bakery was among 27 businesses that received funding to start construction or renovations, buy land and more.
Owner Mario Sauceda said the money will help his family fix the bakery’s ceiling, roof and front windows and tuckpoint the exterior to undo years of wear and tear. The Saucedas opened the bakery in 1989.
“This building, it’s over 110 years old,” Sauceda said. “I had enough money to pay my bills and everything else. But I never had money to actually pay for the infrastructure.”
Sauceda applied for the grant a couple of months ago when a family friend from his local church told his wife about the opportunity. After a week of researching online, he connected with the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the city’s SomerCor, who guided him through the application process.
Sauceda said he hopes to finish repairs before winter starts.
Some of the grant money also will go toward adding a security gate in the back with an electric motor for safety.
“I always had the dread of my son going out [at night], and we have to physically get out and lock the doors,” he said. “And now I would like a remote-control door.”
Sauceda said he looks forward to finally investing into his business for the community.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity [for] the city to work with us … and I’m hopeful for this,” he said.
The bakery is open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily with traditional Mexican pastries like conchas, bolillos, fresh cookies and more.
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