With New Dallas Bakery, Daughter of ‘Crazy Kolache Lady' Carries on Sweet Family Tradition

It can be easy to miss the small storefront in Far North Dallas, tucked behind a gas station, near a dry cleaner and pizza shop.But at Zamykal Gourmet Kolaches, Tara McGraw and and her aunt Judé Routh are reviving a family tradition of making the same sweet, doughy kolaches that their Czech ancestors brought to Texas.McGraw restarted the family’s kolache business this fall, about three years after her mom’s cancer diagnosis and death shuttered the first store. She says selling the homemade confections has given her a sense of purpose and path to financial independence after becoming a single parent from divorce. Each bite of doughy pastry and generous dollop of filling is a taste of her mother’s legacy.McGraw, 37, is the owner and her aunt, Judé Routh, 63, is the executive baker. They have nine employees."She's the creative side of it all and I'm the tasting side of it all," McGraw jokes.  Continue reading...

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