Student-run bakery in Provo to expand to Salt Lake City

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Cory Hruska picks fresh kolaches from the display case for customers at his bakery, Hruska's Kolaches. (Sam Williams)
Cory Hruska picks fresh kolaches from the display case for customers at his bakery, Hruska’s Kolaches. (Sam Williams)

Provo brothers took their personal family recipes public with a kolache bakery at 434 W. Center in Provo. Now they’re expanding to Salt Lake City with hopes of becoming a prominent breakfast bakery.

Cory and Ross Hruska opened the Provo location of Hruska’s Kolaches in April this year, and it has already seen excellent success.

“There has been an expanding interest in kolaches recently,” Ross Hruska said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity of expanding to Salt Lake City to cater the business market there.”

Cory Hruska, a student at BYU, explained the connection of their heritage to the bakery. “We have Czech heritage, and we are using a variation of my great grandmother’s authentic kolache recipe,” he said.

Cory and Ross Hruska stand in front of their family-owned bakery, Hruska's Kolaches. (Sam Williams)
Cory and Ross Hruska stand in front of their family-owned bakery, Hruska’s Kolaches. (Sam Williams)

Kolaches are small pastries that are often eaten for breakfast. “A lot of people look for a quick breakfast that isn’t fast food,” Ross Hruska said. “I chose to utilize our kolache recipes to cater to that market that was absent in Provo until now.”

According to Cory Hruska, his brother Ross is a culinary genius and the mastermind behind the recipes they use for a variety of kolaches. He comes up with creative and unique flavors, from fruit and cream cheese to empanada-style kolaches.

The Hruska brothers’ vision for their bakeries is to cater to the business market for large orders for breakfast meetings, as well as provide a quick breakfast to morning passersby.

The ultimate vision is to expand the bakery around the country. “We would like to start in several places throughout Utah,” Ross Hruska said, “then possibly put some locations in the Southwest and Northwest, preferably.”

Christian and Susie Darias, both students at BYU, were impressed with the service and quality of the family-owned bakery. “Our first time we visited Hruska’s Kolaches, we dropped by around noon and they were sold out, but the owner gave us the two he was going to take home for himself,” Susie Darias said. “They are genuinely good guys who make amazing food, and now I am a regular customer.”

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