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Staff of Life cafe closes

Quinpool Street retail shop closes, but wholesale business is booming and moving to a bigger bakery.

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Well, some sad news for cafe habitues at the Staff of Life on Quinpool. The Cafe closed its doors for good February 5th.

But, if you are addicted to Staff's high class samosas and artisanal breads, you don't have to worry. Owner Manouch Babaei is not getting out of that business. On the contrary, he is expanding.

"I'm not a retail person, I am more of a wholesale person," Babaei says. He bought the long running business five years ago and says he's made it 20 or 30 times bigger than before, largely on the sale of his samosas. (An aside: how does he manage to make them so ungreasy? He won't tell.) Samosa sales are going up, up, up and he's planning a wholesome new range of breads, catering to people with food allergies.

Babaei bought a warehouse on Maynard Street and right now he is overseeing its major renovation. He hopes the big move will take place in three months. The Staff of Life wholesale business, selling to little shops like the Indian Grocery (220 Volts) on Robie and supermarkets like Pete's Frootique or Great Ocean will continue as usual with no interruptions. Contact the Staff of Life at 422-7799.

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