Tampa Bakery That Survived Spanish Flu Stays Open to Serve Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

TAMPA, Fla. – Six years after Alessi Bakery opened in 1912, the deadly Spanish flu came to Tampa Bay as it spread around the world.

As small businesses face difficult times during the coronavirus pandemic, the owner of Alessi Bakery told 8 On Your Side he has the same mentality as family members before him that have kept the bakery running for more than 100 years.

“We’ve been through some really tough times,” Phil Alessi Jr. said.

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