Oy! There was much bigger hole than any that was ever punched in a bagel when the much-loved H & H Bagels at Broadway and 80th Street was briefly shuttered Friday for non-payment of taxes, according to a story in The New York Times.
Taxes, schmaxes! We need our neighborhood bagel shop!
According to a report in Crain’s New York Business, Payard Patisserie & Bistro, the famed New York City Upper East Side pastry shop, could close as soon as August. The landlord is threatening to double the rent, Crain’s reports.
Situated on Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets, the pastry shop was opened by chef Francois Payard a dozen years ago.
Payard says he’s hunting for another location in the city.
Meanwhile, should the landlord prevail, who knows what will replace the tarts and puff pastry that now grace the space occupied by Payard. Maybe tooth brushes and dish detergent from Duane Reade? Or coffee and pre-packaged sandwiches from Starbucks? Or maybe even your favorite cell phone store….