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Fall River-Based Portuguese Muffin Bakery Moving to Tiverton

Central Bakery is a culinary institution. And it's coming to Tiverton.

The 70 Shove Street address where Central Bakery is relocating.
The 70 Shove Street address where Central Bakery is relocating.
A third-generation bakery specializing in Portuguese muffins, otherwise known as bolo levedo, is moving from Fall River, Mass., to Tiverton.

The Tiverton Town Council last week approved a victualing license for Central Bakery to open at 70 Shove Street.

The bakery does not have a retail storefront. Instead, it operates a substantial wholesale business.

David Lopes said the bakery is a family business that has been in operation for more than 40 years. 

"We make Portuguese muffins and ship them across the country," he said. "We're expanding, we found a nice building in town and we're moving on with the family tradition."

The bakery started in 1975 at the hand of Tiberio C. Lopes, who got the recipe from his mother-in-law. 

In 1989, the elder Lopes told the New York Times that the popularity of their muffins spread by word of mouth. 

"New York knows about by muffins because of Cape Cod,"  where they're sold in stores, he said. 
Cranky Yankee February 17, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Finally, a 'local' news item ... although it doesn't quite to the level of 'Breaking News' . It would have been nice if '70 Shove Street' had been identified as the former Ponta Delgada site so that locals would have a frame of reference, but that would require a reporter/editor with some actual knowledge of the area ... and that's not gonna happen with the 'new' Patch business model.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 17, 2014 at 08:52 AM
I may not know Tiverton that well but I'll learn, just like I have in other communities I've covered in Rhode Island for the last 10-plus years. And the "new" Patch business model is still being figured out, so the current state of Patch in Rhode Island is not the way it will be forever. Next time, call me or send me an e-mail and enlighten me so I can do better work. I'm not some robot in another state — I live and work in Rhode Island and care about it. I'd love to have a team of several reporters to cover each town aggressively but right now I'm doing what I can for the 15 towns we have in Rhode Island with what I have to work with. I understand your criticism but please remember that we are a new company and this is a temporary situation as we rebuild the business. We didn't scale back staff for the hell of it. You can't run a business at a loss forever.
Renee Cwiek February 17, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Thanks for posting Mark! I'm sure all of us locals can help you out with what's going on it town and giving you background info if needed! I think we thought that Tiverton Patch had pretty much been abandoned! Hope you get to visit our town (if you haven't already) and see how awesome it is.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 17, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Thanks, Renee. I will be coming through the town a bit as part of my travels through Aquidneck Island for the sites there. I can understand why people thought the site was abandoned. Anything anyone sends me, whether it's a press release, photo, tip, etc, I can post it so feel free to send me stuff at mark.schieldrop@patch.com
Renee Cwiek February 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Let us know when you're coming through. We'll tell you all the secret spots you should check out!
Tiverton Dad February 17, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Welcome, Mark. I'm sure you're aware of the issues that have kept me from reading or using this site for about a year now--insults, deleting of posts etc. The good folks in this town really hope you can clean things up.
Cranky Yankee February 18, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Mark - It was very kind of you to respond and I wish you the best. For too long now, Tiverton-Little Compton Patch has been running on fumes and auto-pilot ... no real news, just re-posted press releases and an abundance of unmoderated vitriol. And, while you're in the area, please don't forget that Route 77 also extends south to Little Compton, too!
Tiverton Dad February 18, 2014 at 02:06 PM
And my post was deleted. Time for me to go away again.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 02:23 PM
I hear ya, Cranky Yankee. Trust me, I don't like seeing it that way either. And Tiverton Dad, I'm sorry about those problems. We're going to overhaul the whole comment system soon and the idiocy will stop.
Renee Cwiek February 18, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Just looking through the recent comments at the bottom of the front Patch page is disgusting. I hope the new system can fix this problem. Thanks for being pro-active Mark!
Tea Party Shill February 18, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Joe, you make us all proud that you are an elected official.
Renee Cwiek February 19, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Well, I guess most of them have been deleted now. I really hope there's a way to start controlling this nonsense. So many people have left the site because of what's been happening. It's a shame.
Jim L February 19, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Welcome to you Mark, My name is Jim Lipe, and i comment on here quite a bit, I don't insult others or their family's which many others on here choose to do, Tiverton Patch really needs a neutral editor that will let both sides of a problem comment without being insulted by other unknown cowards n bully's, Patch can be a wonderfull tool for a town or a cause t has helped foster the antitoll movement from the start . I look forward to you stopping ALL the off topic and insulting comments, If I can help in anyway let me know Please look into just WHO is deleteing alot of the posts on here, and remove accounts of those that voilate the TOS
Hingle McCringleberry February 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Jim L it is actualy you who are as guilty as anyone else. Do ypou deny the fact that you constantly call other "lairs". Do you deny the fact that you accused the former editor of sending interfering and sending some type of email to another person revealing something about you. Do you deny your vicious and numerous attacks on Renee and then allowing your family members to come on and do the same thing. Do you deny posting vile attacks with the name "otherside."Finally do you deny signing your name to a letter written by someone else in order to attack a hard working Tiverton official who disagreed with you.
A. Michelle March 17, 2014 at 06:25 PM
I would like to extend a sincere welcome to Central Bakery. Shove Street and the neighborhood will certainly benefit by having another reputable, family-owned business on the block. All I wanted to do was congratulate the Lopes family. I clicked comment and arrived here in the midst of an online squabble between contributors. Speaking of bad for business! I wish it were possible for people to behave online with the same courtesy that they normally extend in public. This is a public forum and apparently could use a good moderator. Or a way to comment without having to read emotional, misspelled, non-constructive remarks.

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