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Dao Palate on Fifth Closed Until January

Dao Palate, the two year old vegan Asian restaurant on Fifth Avenue near Union Street, has been locked tight since Hurricane Sandy hit. I asumed that it would re-open soon after, as most other local businesses did, but that never happened.

So I gave a call to the original Dao Palate, not too far away on Flatbush Avenue opposite Seventh, and the manager confirmed that while it hasn't closed for good, it'll be closed for the winter.

"We do less business in the winter, so we decided to close it for the season and combine the two," she said. "We're redirecting the phone line to the Flatbush location, and it will re-open in January."

It's an interesting move considering they're still paying rent for both spaces, but it makes sense considering both locations are so close together.

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no loss- that place sucked anyway, food was bland- delivery took forever, and they always managed to screw some thign up

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercrown heights vegan

sorry, i don't agree with crown heights vegan.
generally able to find something tasty and found delivery to be relatively quick.
suspect, like you intimate, this is a shutter. who can afford to pay fifth ave. rents and not generate income?

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstella

Can't imagine this place reopens. At peak hours they had, at most, 2 tabletops of diners. Maybe they do brisk takeout business but I'd imagine the Flatbush Ave. location could handle that without paying additional rent for a largely empty 5th Ave. storefront.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

Well that makes for an unattractive block now. What is up with the huge monster corner space next door that's just been sitting there rotting with no "for rent" sign for the last year? The landlord of this building needs to step up to the plate. No reason a high traffic corner of 5th and union should sit empty like that for so long.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

Never saw the need for both locations, especially with the Flatbush location covering a wide enough delivery area.

As for the food, they're trying to do what Zen Palate did in Manhattan years ago, only less succesfully. Food's pretty uneven. Not somewhere I regularly order from.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoss

You want great vegetarian/vegan go to Sun in Bloom. Nothing better.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

They should either close entirely (which is likely) or open. The rent is a sizable expense at a location like this (typically 20%) trying to make up the expense the rest of the year is nuts - and since when is the holiday's a bad time for a restaurant.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

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