DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM ) – Romano’s Bakery—a popular Lakewood area business—has abruptly closed, leaving nearly a dozen North Texas brides without cakes for weekend weddings.

“My heart goes out to the brides,” says customer Mark Stein, “I’m sure there’s a lot of tears and anger at this point… It takes time to get a wedding cake.”

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(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

Romano’s baked the Steins’ wedding cake last year. Of course, they were too busy to taste it so Stein thought he would surprise his bride on their first anniversary today with a small wedding cake.

“I left work early and was hoping to surprise my wife tonight when she came home from work.” But, of course, it was he who was in for a shock when he stopped by to pick up the cake that he had ordered and found a locksmith changing the locks.

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“I didn’t receive a phone call or email… even though I emailed to let them know I was picking it up early… no one never responded,” says Stein.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

Property managers at the shopping center at Mockingbird and Abrams tell us that the owners shut down—handing them the book with lists of brides who had paid deposits and were expecting cakes.

“We’ll have to figure out how to break that news to them,” says Rebecca Tudor, adding that between 10 and 12 brides were expecting cakes to be delivered for their weddings in the next week.

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Phone calls to the current owners were not returned. CBS 11 confirmed through state officials that the business had been forfeited over tax issues.