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3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Chuck Lane said it's a three-day process to make the kringle, a pastry with Danish roots. 

"It's labor intensive, yes," Chuck Lane said. 

Celebrating six decades of the family business feels good, Chuck Lane said. 

"It's been a journey that I really enjoy ... with the help of my dad, who taught me everything I know about the baking business," Chuck Lane said.

Chuck's father, Jerry, said he's happy with 60 years and hoping for more. 

"It's been a good experience -- a lot of changes. I'm happy for Chuck," Jerry Lane, Chuck's father, said. "And it's going over real well. I hope it continues and will be a success."

The youngest of the Lane's generations at the bakery Thursday, C.J. Lane, said he's thinking about what the future may hold.

"You never know. Trying it out right now. That's kind of the good part about a family-owned business, is you can ... see if you like it. Yeah, definitely considering it," C.J. Lane said.

Lane's Bakery is celebrating its reopening at 2304 S. Park St. and 60th anniversary Friday through Sunday with a variety of specials. Visit the bakery's website or Facebook page for more information.

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