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The best little kolache shop in Texas has moved. But not far

A fruit kolache at Gerik’s Ole’ Czech Bakery in West.
A fruit kolache at Gerik’s Ole’ Czech Bakery in West.

The classic name in kolaches has a new home.

Gerik’s Ole’ Czech Bakery, the insiders’ kolache stop a block east of Interstate 35 and the Czech Stop, will reopen next door after puzzling West guests for a week.

The phone calls and questions started coming in last week: “Where’d Gerik’s go?” “What happened to Gerik’s?” “Why’s Gerik’s closed?”

Let the pastry panic come to an end.

The Anderson family will reopen Gerik’s inside their Pizza House restaurant next door, leaving 40 years of morning coffee-and-kolache gatherings in what used to be a smokehouse and then Nors Bakery.

Gerik’s gave up that lease, so it’s now offering its full menu inside the Pizza House.

If you’ve never strayed from the late-night haunt at the Czech Stop, please note that West’s traditional Czech-American families buy kolaches from Gerik’s or the orignal town shop, Village Bakery.

Then they buy sausages or klobasniky (“sausage kolaches”) at Slovacek’s, the mega-convenience store across Interstate 35.

(The Czech Stop is great at midnight, but if you’re in West before 6 p.m., look for Gerik’s.)

Gerik’s new location is inside the Pizza House, 505 W. Oak St., 254-826-3805.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.