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Vior Bakery
updated: Feb 03, 2015, 2:55 PM

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On edhat there's a picture of a Italian bakery panel truck from viors bakery...I have a 55 panel bus that's logoed with the same logos as the one on the website, I've been trying to find stuff on Google about viors bakery but no luck...is there any history of this bus and Mabye the old company owners name or phone number?

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 COMMENT 587268 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 02:58 PM

look them up in the phone book. the family still live in town. goleta i believe....

 

 COMMENT 587273 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:10 PM

They had the best bread.

 

 COMMENT 587276 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:16 PM

And the dough was great for making pizzas. Hopefully, when you restore your van you'll keep the logos. The family is still around.

 

 COMMENT 587277 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:32 PM

Randy Vior works at ucsb as a painter.

There are a couple of other delivery vans (suburban looking) from the 50's with their logo around..

Great bread and family

 

 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:35 PM

Back in the 1950s, Vior’s Bakery specialized in French bread, which was distributed to most local markets. Funny thing—as much Vior’s bread that my family went through, I have no idea where the actual Vior’s bakery was, or what else they might have sold. We just bought ours at Jordano’s and took it for granted. It really was good French bread.

 

 COMMENT 587281 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:42 PM

I remember smelling the bakery, on E. Haley, I think... Yum.

 

 COMMENT 587288 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 03:58 PM

e. haley it was...loved going there and getting it FRESH

 

 COMMENT 587297 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 04:11 PM

When my family owned a restaurant in the '80's and 90's we would buy our bread from Vior's. At that time Vior's had two locations--we would order our sliced sourdough bread from the 420 E. Haley Street location and purchase our french rolls from the facility around the corner at 525 Olive Street. If I'm not mistaken Roy Vior was in charge of the Haley Street location and Russ Vior handled the facility on Olive Street.

I really miss Vior's sliced sourdough. For many years it was the bread that was served with salsa at both Joe's and Harry's.

 

 COMMENT 587302 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 04:26 PM

The address on the van is 716 F Olive, but according to google earth both Olive addresses are now newer buildings.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 04:45 PM

Well, Poster, you sure came to the right place to ask about the bakery! I remember the bread and enjoy all the information here.

 

 COMMENT 587311 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 04:47 PM

Vior's was the best! There's a family that lived on San Andres that were family with the original owners. I agree, look them up (social media?) and make contact.

 

 COMMENT 587316 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 04:54 PM

Viors sourdough bread was so good if you got it on the day it was baked. A day later, though, you could use it for a baseball bat!

Nice 55 transporter. I had a '59 that was a Goodwill pickup vehicle back in the day.....

 

 COMMENT 587320 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 05:18 PM

Hey OP? Are you located in SB? Where'd ya find the van?

 

 COMMENT 587323 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 05:34 PM

The Pride of Santa Barbara

 

 COMMENT 587330 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 05:57 PM

Nothing better than getting fresh Vior's frenchbread loaves from the bakery on Haley. You'd go in through the front door which gave no indication of being open to the general public and behold a very hot room lined by ovens and filled with so much flour dust it looked like walking into a blizzard. Bakers would ask rather brusquely what ya wanted and you'd say a loaf or a roll and for a very reasonable price they would wrap up a soft, delicious sourdough treat that smelled like heaven and, as previously noted, turned hard enough to hit a baseball with the next day! Some local kids would take a bar of butter from the fridge, walk over to Vior's to buy hot bread, rip it open and slather it with butter and wolf it down on the spot. Closed sometime maybe 35 years ago. Check the Polk City Directories at the Central Library to find the exact years Vior's was listed in SB.

 

 COMMENT 587332 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 06:06 PM

The San Andreas family is Randy and Jill and they still live there. They are both such awesome people! I love knowing this history. I'll keep an eye out for them at UCSB and let them know about this thread. I doubt they are big on social media.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 06:45 PM

I can almost smell and feel that loaf of French bread now! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

 

 COMMENT 587353P agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 07:47 PM

How I remember Olive Street in those days - Tino's, Vior's bread, and on Olive and Canon Perdido the Rummage Sale store. Thanks for the refreshing the memories.

 

 COMMENT 587359 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 08:15 PM

I believe Vior's opened their first bakery in the 700 block Olive Street during the 50's at the rear of a complex surrounded by apartments. Tino's (original) deli was located at the front of this property until he moved to DeLaGuerra Street. Vior's was moved to Gutierrez at Anacapa Streets and Roy Vior later opened another bakery on E. Haley Street, the site of the former Short's Bakery next to the Rose Cafe.

It sure was great to know you could get a just out of the oven hot loaf of french bread or sourdough any time Roy's crew was baking and the bread was ready. What a fantastic aroma to experience when either driving by the bakery or entering to make a purchase. A great Santa Barbara business made better by members of this outstanding family.

 

 COMMENT 587361 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 10:07 PM

My Dad's favorite bread to take on his week long fishing trips was Vior's French bread. The bakery was at the back of a market on Olive Street. One of the Vior's lived next door to my grandfather, Delmer Hazard, on Chino Street (1014 Chino). Still remember my father's wonderful cioppino accompanied with Vior's bread... Yum!

 

 SALSA GUY agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 10:32 PM

Viors bread out of the oven was delish. Roy Vior ran the haley street bakery and his brother ran olive street. Bakery on Haley closed about 12 years ago. There was a scumbag claiming to be a Vior running around town then. He wasnt even a family member He had a shop in loreto plaza. Scammed the Deloreto's and others financially. Viors are all DONS. Miss that bread

 

 WOODRUFF agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-03 11:32 PM

God, that was wonderful bread. I still dream about it.

 

 COMMENT 587376 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 07:23 AM

Vior's Squaw bread.....nothing like it. Roy was a great guy!

 

 COMMENT 587380 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 07:37 AM

359 has the right history and sequence. Viors was at Gutierrez and Anacapa for many years before they closed the bakery down. You could drive by and smell the tantalizing aroma from the baking bread.

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 07:51 AM

Grew up with Vior's french bread in the 60's. Don't know how my French Canadian father could have lived without a fresh daily loaf.

 

 COMMENT 587387 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 08:03 AM

376 Ye Old Butcher shop sandwich's with Viors Squaw bread!! Good old days with Paul and clan behind the counter serving a line of people out the door.

Thanks everyone for a tasty memory!!!

 

 COMMENT 587389 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 08:12 AM

If you restore it, I hope you paint the Viors signs and logos on - a great piece of SB History.

 

 COMMENT 587396P agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 08:22 AM

Viors Bakery - a reflection of what Santa Barbara was like back then, and though I like D'Angelo's bread now, it reflects the changing times in Santa Barbara. Time continues.

 

 COMMENT 587425P agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 09:33 AM

Christi Vior is still around selling real estate at Lee & Associates, she is a gem!

 

 COMMENT 587445 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 10:13 AM

I used to have one of their tee shirts. Wore it till it was no longer wearable. LOVED VIOR'S! Best bread ever! Wish they were still around. They'd beat all the new places hands down!

 

 COMMENT 587459 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 10:58 AM

I remember buying Viors loaves at the old Safeway on Anapamu. At some point in time, they disappeared off the shelves and Our Daily Bread loaves started showing up.

 

 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 11:40 AM

@459: It was Jordano’s on Anapamu. Safeway (Vons) was a block up Chapala at Victoria.

 

 COMMENT 587549 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 02:08 PM

NO bakery in town has been able to match Viors. They all seem to give their bread the 'Mexican' version, not the real bread like Viors.

 

 COMMENT 587728 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-04 11:19 PM

I had my first tattoo studio at Haley & Olive 30 years ago and I'd walk half an block and get fresh sourdough from the Vior's bakery on Olive, continue up to the corner to Arnoldi's where they'd fill an empty wine bottle for me with cheap red from their big barrel, and lo, there was sustenance enough.

 

 COMMENT 588069 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-05 03:56 PM

Can you still picture the white paper wrappers that the loaves came in?

 

 COMMENT 588321 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-02-07 07:29 AM

Vior's sliced sourdough! French bread loaves!! I remember these distinctly in the 60s. LOVED that sourdough - we grew up on it. Haven't found anything exactly like it or quite as good - thanks for the memories!

 

 COMMENT 670188 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-12-11 09:15 AM

The T shirts were great Number one Loafer, miss the bread sticks

 

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