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Almondine Bakery Still Shuttered Post-Sandy

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:



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.


Open for Business: Piccola Uva, 165 Seventh Avenue

A wine bar/ pizzeria from the owner of Tutta Pasta has opened on Seventh Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, in the space that was last occupied by gilled chicken joint Chickadee Chick.

The small restaurant, simply appointed with exposed brick and ceiling beams, wine bottle racks, and an open kitchen, serves up a focused selection of antipasti, salads, grilled meats, and brick-oven pizza (the whole menu can be found here).

Piccola Uva isn't unique for the neighborhood, but a no-frills place to grab a couple glasses of wine, some prosciutto and cheese, and a pizza will most likely not be frequently empty. They also sell pizza by the slice for $1, geared toward schoolkids looking for lunch.

It seats about 35 in two rooms, and when it gets warmer there will be outdoor seating as well.

Piccola Uva Wine Bar and Pizza, 165 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.


Breaking: Flatbush Avenue Five Guys is For Rent

Anybody want to buy a burger shop?

Many thanks to a tipster for sending along the above photo, of a "For Rent" sign that just went up in the window of the Five Guys on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues.

It's a fairly new addition to the block, opening just over a year ago in the large space previously occupied by Park Heights Stationers. It was a lengthy, expensive buildout, and the rent on such a cavernous space (in such a prime location) must be astronomical. 5 Guys is an incredibly successful brand, however, so it's surprising to see that an outpost with such heavy foot traffic is presumably being shut down (unless different forces are at work here).

The manager I spoke with was unaware as to why the sign is up, but the number leads to Sol Goldman Investments, one of the city's largest private landowners.


La Casa Artesanal Coming to 512 Fifth Avenue

A new store specializing in jewelry, gifts, and home furnishings is in the works on Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, in a small storefront that spent the summer as a half-price clothing outlet, and before that Lisa Lo Bue Salon.

The awning has been installed, but judging by a peek inside there's still a lot of construction that needs to happen before they can open up.