Originally posted by TJ Jackson
In the past year, a place called The Kolache Factory has opened in Northern Cincinnati. I don't get up that way too often, and so have not yet been there.
There are some pics of what this company calls a Kolache on the main page of their website. Looks like your basic yeast bread dough wrapped around whatever, fairly unsophisticated.
http://www.kolachefactory.com (look towards the bottom of the page)
From the descriptions earlier in this thread versus the KF pics, sounds like KF is very much like the texas variety mentioned earlier on this page, rather than the much better sounding Chicago version.
The Kolache Factory is a chain which I regret to have to admit is based in Houston. I read some interesting facts about it a few years ago. The founders had a background in retail, not food service; they were not bakers by profession or hobby; they were not Czech. They decided to take over a struggling kolache shop and not just turn it around but turn it into a chain. Ain't it wunnerful what you can learn to do in bidness school these days
. The good news is it took them about a dozen years to make their business plan work; the bad news is, they made the business plan work.
The Kolache Factory is the exact antithesis of everything this website is about.
I've been just once, about 11 years ago, and never been back. I would describe the kolaches in one word as 'leaden.'
I wouldn't recommend anyone walk next door to get to a Kolache Factory, much less drive out of their way.
There. Now that I've vented I feel much better. After I calm down some more, I'll come back and post some more positive thoughts about kolaches in Houston
. (Logging off and heading to the sink to splash some cold water on my face....)