Bordenave’s history began in 1918, when Frank Bordenave arrived in the United States from France where he worked as a baker. Frank opened a bakery that was then called Parisian on B Street in San Rafael. In 1928, when these pictures were taken, Frank moved his bakery to 1553 Fourth Street. Not far from where the Bordenave’s bakery resides today at 1512 Fourth Street.
During the Depression, Frank decided that he would shift his focus from baking cakes and pastries to specializing in baking quality bread products. His bread was so delicious that it soon became his main product. He used his artistic ability as a pastry chef and began to create a very large variety of different kinds of breads. Since his passing, this wide selection of breads have continued to increase dramatically to the large selection found at Bordenave’s today.
For more than 89 years Bordenave’s of San Rafael has produced the finest quality bread products for the people of the Bay Area. We do not use any modern dough conditioners, chemicals, additives, nor preservatives of any kind.
We at Bordenave’s pride ourselves on the freshness of our products. We offer a wide selection of breads that vary in style, taste, grain and texture.
Each employee strives to acheive and maintain customer satisfaction. The close relationships we develop with our customers is proof of our success. We work very hard to keep our customers coming back for more. We have a large and devoted clientele to show for it. We truely enjoy our work. Bordenave’s have earned a reputation for extraordinary quality and creativity while maintaining very reasonable prices.