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Offline ljr

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #195 on: September 12, 2020, 07:22:11 PM »
Interesting re: Glen Oaks! I never could figure out how an Italian pastry chef who opened a bakery with extensive bakery offerings was also making special halal meals for holidays for the South Asian community--it seemed like an amazing blend of cultures and cuisines and really admirable. Now it seems he is merging his business with a South Asian grocery--possibly both here and in Glen Oaks? Just really unusual.  Was not really into the sweets, because we don't really eat them, but the food he served was really great. I hope something good opens in that space, whether by him or someone else. It's a great location. Another JH culinary mystery story--like Swim Two Birds!

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« Reply #196 on: September 13, 2020, 01:38:53 PM »
I walked by today and noticed that there is brown paper now lining the widows. There’s one window that isn’t fully covered and peeked in and they’ve opened the back wall into the Farine space. So probably any hope of it being a bakery again is limited. It seems like it might be an extension of the grocery store or maybe a restaurant/takeout place? It’s just really weird that both the official IG account and Michael Mignano himself don’t respond to any comments.

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« Reply #197 on: September 14, 2020, 10:55:11 AM »
I walked by today and noticed that there is brown paper now lining the widows. There’s one window that isn’t fully covered and peeked in and they’ve opened the back wall into the Farine space. So probably any hope of it being a bakery again is limited. It seems like it might be an extension of the grocery store or maybe a restaurant/takeout place? It’s just really weird that both the official IG account and Michael Mignano himself don’t respond to any comments.

Perhaps it will be a wonderful surprise.

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #198 on: September 14, 2020, 11:37:02 AM »
Perhaps. Or maybe just an expanded grocery store, alas. (We have ample grocery stores already, big and small.)

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« Reply #199 on: September 14, 2020, 12:37:14 PM »
Just go to the market next door, and you can see the whole interior of Farine, they have a section tear down to connect the two space.

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« Reply #200 on: September 14, 2020, 01:42:21 PM »
My guess is that maybe we will be able to buy some of the patisseries from a counter set up. And the patisseries will be made in their other outlet kitchen.

RIP Farine. You were a great space.




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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #201 on: September 15, 2020, 01:42:39 PM »
All I can see is a mess in front, both sides of sidewalk taken up by bins of fruits and vegetables. They really should make it more attractive and not block the sidewalk

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« Reply #202 on: September 15, 2020, 01:44:40 PM »
All I can see is a mess in front, both sides of sidewalk taken up by bins of fruits and vegetables. They really should make it more attractive and not block the sidewalk

I was also quite dismayed when I walked by today. They've made absolutely zero attempt to make the space look nice. When you walk by on 75th St., all those beautiful windows are filled with ripped brown paper, pallets, and stacks of bagged goods. It really looks exceptionally awful and if they plan to have it remain like that, that's shameful.

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #203 on: September 15, 2020, 06:51:16 PM »
Oh well...I just took a look and it's evident that the grocery store is simply expanding into the Farine space, and if you think it's going to have a counter offering fancy pastries such as Farine's offered--well I highly doubt it. That would be an odd mashup indeed. I suppose the grocery is more profitable than the bakery/restaurant was, and that must be the reason for this. Though it's hard to understand how so many grocery stores within a few blocks can all be profitable enough to remain. Farine's was such a great addition to the neighborhood. Really disappointing.

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« Reply #204 on: September 15, 2020, 07:55:39 PM »
Oh well...I just took a look and it's evident that the grocery store is simply expanding into the Farine space, and if you think it's going to have a counter offering fancy pastries such as Farine's offered--well I highly doubt it. That would be an odd mashup indeed. I suppose the grocery is more profitable than the bakery/restaurant was, and that must be the reason for this. Though it's hard to understand how so many grocery stores within a few blocks can all be profitable enough to remain. Farine's was such a great addition to the neighborhood. Really disappointing.

The supermarkets are profitable because Jackson Heights is an Indian/Bengali supermarket shopping destination for many Desi immigrant folks in the region. Much like people would go to the UWS for kosher pastrami. Or Greenpoint for borscht and Polish delights. Or Chinatown for...you get my drift

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #205 on: September 17, 2020, 04:05:17 PM »
I got a reply from the owner. We all need to hear all sides of the story. I wish him the best and hope he will be able to make a bold return. Landlords aren’t known to be empathic...

“ Hi,
Sorry i have been busy with a lot of financial issues so, couldn't reach out earlier.
We didnt get any rent concession throughout the pandemic and when we couldn't meet the payment last month due to lack of business we were forced to leave the premises. Thank you for reaching out to want to help. It means a lot.”

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« Reply #206 on: September 17, 2020, 04:37:37 PM »
I got this response, too. It's surprising that their business went down over the summer since that's when we had outdoor dining, etc. It really didn't seem like they invested much in outdoor dining (the bus stop didn't help, I'm sure, but what about on 37th or further down the block?).

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #207 on: September 17, 2020, 04:46:20 PM »
as far as outdoor dining for Farine, going past the bus stop on 75th street, you immediately hit the parking lot, which is pretty expansive -- you'd need to go a good 200 feet away from the restaurant for the first table (and that may - i'm not sure - be a residence). location, location, location was great for the place until this all came down. i'll definitely miss them.

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #208 on: September 17, 2020, 04:52:08 PM »
Many bakeries are still making it by selling pastries (sweet and savory), drinks, and maybe care packages. They could do deals like a sandwich, drink and pastry or even collaborate with nearby restaurants. I think it’s a business miscalculation and a lack of creativity. Or perhaps their landlord is really harsh on him, which isn’t surprising since so many businesses aren’t making it. In any case, it was good while it lasted. Will miss the treats...

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #209 on: September 17, 2020, 04:55:28 PM »
Well, it's good to know the answer. I don't get why they told people they were putting in a new oven or renovating the kitchen. Why not be honest? You could even go one step further than just being honest and do a GoFundMe to try and keep going--but why not tell your loyal customers the truth in a situation like this? A huge number of restaurants are in the same straits and have closed or are going to close because of this. It's really too bad, it was a great thing for the neighborhood. I hope others won't be following them out of business, but I'm sure it's been very hard to keep going, and I'm afraid that come winter we might see more places closing. We've been lucky so far--so many great restaurants here and almost all have kept going through this so far.

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Re: Farine Baking Company
« Reply #209 on: September 17, 2020, 04:55:28 PM »