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Car crashes through Clearwater bakery

A car crashed through the front of Manos Bakery Cafe at around 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Two employees were working but neither of them were hurt. [Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department]
A car crashed through the front of Manos Bakery Cafe at around 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Two employees were working but neither of them were hurt. [Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department]
Published Sep. 20, 2015

CLEARWATER — Manos Kranias was just putting doughnuts in the fryer when he heard the noise.

It sounded like an engine getting louder and louder. Kranias was baffled until the source of the roar, a Honda Civic, crashed through the front of his bakery at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, shattering a chunk of the glass storefront and mowing over cookie boxes and pastry cases.

Only Kranias and one other employee were working in the shop, Manos Bakery Cafe, at 1971 Drew St. Neither was hurt.

"I don't know where she came from, but she was spinning," Kranias, 52, said hours after the crash.

The driver, Maryuri S. Gomez, 34, ran a red light at the intersection of Drew Street and Hercules Avenue, according to city of Clearwater spokesman Rob Shaw.

She hit another car, and her Honda Civic careened into the bakery.

Gomez was not hurt, Shaw said. Officers cited her for running a red light and driving without a valid license.

Kranias' family has had a long tradition of running bakeries since his great-grandfather opened one in Greece in 1922. Kranias opened his bakery and cafe, which specializes in European breads and sweets, in 2012.

The shop will be closed until Kranias and his wife, Rodia, can clean and rebuild it, the couple said. Their insurance company will assess the damage on Monday.

For now, they're relieved it was only the building that suffered. "Thank God there were no customers in the store at the time," Rodia Kranias said, "because there would've been fatal injuries."

Contact Kathryn Varn at 727-893-8913 or kvarn@tampabay.com. Follow @kathrynvarn.