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Patisserie Claude Closing

WAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Stopped by last night and picked up a napoleon, and he said he's not closing for vacation this summer but closing permanently at the end of the year. Very sad news for NYC.

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  1. Is this because of rent hike again?

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      Not rent hike.

      Claude is moving to South America.

    2. That is sad news. Is he moving onto greener pastures or closing because he has to? Too many great places disappearing.

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      1. re: chezfredo

        I'm guessing he's retiring - not exactly a spring chicken anymore! I'll miss my occasional visits there.

      2. I am actually a little bit relieved to hear this- I had heard that he was closing up for good this year when he took his vacation. In fact, just last week I was thinking about stopping in for some goodbye (sniff) pastries, but I never got there. I feel better now- I have the rest of the year to do it.

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        1. re: vvvindaloo

          Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. Mon Dieu! C'est dommage. I just picked up a couple of warm pain au chocolat on Friday morning and thought to myself "that's the stuff". Doesn't he have an apprentice? Probably not as he is a crazy artist like Dom Demarco who wouldn't let anyone else do anything. Damn.

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          1. re: guttergourmet

            Well, I hope another great bakery/patisserie comes after him. We need it!

            Will miss Monsieur Claude!!!

          2. I'm so selfish, how dare he retire... oh where to find a croissant as good as his. I must be getting too old, Ratner's, Kiev, Florent, Bleeker St. Pastry, too many to mention. I do wish him a wonderful retirement. Farewell.