Sweet Melissa Patisserie, the bakery/ cafe that's been on Seventh between First and Second Streets since 2006, closed unexpectedly earlier this week. All signs point to it being shut down for good: all signage has been completely removed (even scraped off of the front window), windows are papered over, and a commenter on Park Slope Stoop noted that "they have moved all their inventory including all food items into the backyard." The Facebook and Twitter pages also haven't been updated in weeks. Sounds pretty darn closed, right?
Well, not so fast. There was also a sign in the window:
So what's the deal? Would an "electrical problem" really necessitate taking pains to scrape painted lettering from the front window and remove a heavy wooden sign? Whatever happened happened quickly: a bread delivery was hanging on the door all day Tuesday too. I tend to give businesses the benefit of the doubt when they say they're temporarily closed, but this seems like an almost comically ridiculous bluff.
A commenter on FIPS checked in Tuesday night, and apparently the sign in the window had been taken down and a couple tables had "FREE" signs on them. Another added that kitchen appliances were hauled off in a moving truck.
I've reached out to owner Melissa Murphy and will update if I hear back, but based on the evidence it's hard not to think it's closed for good. Sad to see it go?
UPDATE: Many thanks to tipster Dave for sending in the above photo (click to enlarge), of a note from owner Melissa Murphy that was posted in the front window. In the note, she confirms the closure and notes that the business has "struggled to make ends meet for a while, ever since the economy dropped years ago, and we just couldn't hold on any longer."
Top photos via Park Slope Stoop