Eugene Polatajko and her daughter, Lidia Tempe, know most of the customers by name when the bell rings, noting another customer has walked through the door. They are brought in by the sweet smells of baked products that are prepared by a group of women working in the kitchen of Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery, 5580 Ridge Road, Parma
The Ridge Road bakery, which specializes in pierogies, those Eastern European delicacies made of dough and filled with sauerkraut, spinach, and fruits, has been a mainstay in Parma for generations. Polatajko bought the business 35 years ago.
What Polatajko has is passion to keep Rudy’s operating as a popular bakery filled with Eastern European treats. Along with the pierogies are kolachkis, which are fruit-filled, strudel, cakes, and pies.