Gold Leaf Bakery Closes in Downtown Bethesda
St. Elmo Avenue shop opened in 2016
The empty Gold Leaf Bakery on St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda
Less than two and a half years after it opened, Gold Leaf Bakery on the ground floor of the Bainbridge apartment building on St. Elmo Avenue has closed.
On Wednesday, workers were removing items from the bakery at 4918 St. Elmo Ave. and by mid-afternoon, the shelves and glass-enclosed cases were bare. A small, red sign displayed in the front window read, “Sorry We’re CLOSED.”
Owner Somadas Weerasinghe, who was in the shop Wednesday afternoon, would not comment on the closure.
Weerasinghe, a Sri Lankan native, opened Gold Leaf in May 2016. He had previously owned another bakery—Just Chocolate Palace—in Montgomery Village, where he baked cakes, pastries and pies for 10 years before it closed in 2015.
At the time of Gold Leaf’s opening, he said customers had complained at his former shop that prices for his baked goods were too high, so he decided not to renew the lease. In coming to downtown Bethesda, Weerasinghe said he was seeking a wealthier clientele who would pay the prices he charged, which he attributed to the high-quality ingredients he used to make his baked goods.
A call to the Bainbridge Development Corp., the baker’s landlord, was not immediately returned.