In the couple of weeks that have passed since Hurricane Sandy struck our fair shores, just about all the neighborhood's businesses have gotten back to normal. As luck had it, very few businesses in the area were affected by the storm at all; the bulk of the damage seemed to be awnings that collpased and have since been fixed. Dao Palate, which has been closed since the storm hit, is in fact only closed for the season and will be re-opening in January (or so we've been told).
One business, however, has been closed due to Sandy-related damage and has yet to re-open. Almondine Bakery, on Ninth Street just east of Seventh Avenue, has ceased selling their famous croissants, baguettes, and French pastries, and now their front windows have been papered over.
The message on their website's front page from chef/owner Herve Poussot makes it clear:
"To all of our valued customers, please be advised that Almondine Dumbo & Almondine Park Slope are closed due to Sandy. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patronage."
Don't forget, there is a second Almondine down in DUMBO, a neighborhood that was greatly impacted by the storm's flooding. All their ovens and most of the baking equipment were in the basement, which was submerged up to the ceiling. The Park Slope location can't operate if DUMBO is out of commission, and all of their resources right now are focused on getting that back up to speed.
A group called Friends of Almondine has been formed, are are raising funding and awareness. Here's a photo they posted to Facebook of the damage in DUMBO: