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Bakery back open after closing more than two years ago

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) Cindy Monroe comes to Sykora Bakery in Cedar Rapids' Czech Village to read her newspaper.

"I especially like to have a bowl of soup and a dessert and my coffee," said Cindy Monroe.

After being closed more than two years, the bakery just re-opened last week.

"I came the first day and was in that long line waiting and it was just a joyful experience. People ahead of me and behind me were so happy," said Monroe.

After first closing to make building repairs, the more than one hundred year old bakery then got hit by the flood.

Owner John Rocarek says more than eight feet of water filled the bakery. But he says it wasn't a question of "if" the bakery would re-open, but when.

More than 200 volunteers helped repair the historic building and bakery.

"Sykora's a landmark. It's something people grew up with," said Cindy Monroe.

Owner John Rocarek didn't grow up wanting to own a bakery, but he remembers the treats growing up. Rohlicks are his favorite.

He bought the bakery more than seven years ago when the previous owners were having trouble selling it.

"So my wife and I decided it was time to take a turn. We kind of feel like farmers how they say they don't own the land they're just taking care of it and that's kind of how we feel about the bakery. It really belongs to the community and it's just our turn to take care of it," said Rocarek.

Now, the bakery is back open for the community. From kolaches to cabbage rolls to Bohemian hamburgers. Generations of customers are coming back to the bakery they've always known.

"I'm so happy they're open," said Monroe.

And the bakery will hopefully stay open for another hundred years.

(For video to this story, please visit the Today in Iowa Weekends page).

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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