Help Rebuild Almondine!

$28,725 of $200k goal

Raised by 181 people in 47 months
Herve Poussot  BROOKLYN, NY

Almondine Bakery, one of New York City's finest French bakeries, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. All baking production was done in the basement kitchen, which was flooded to the ceiling. Sandy wiped out chef/owner Hervé Poussot's entire kitchen -- ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and specialized equipment -- his livelihood. (The picture above was taken Nov. 12, after the water was pumped out and clean-up was underway.)


He has no way to bake, no way to make a living. He still doesn't have full power. The damages are so extensive, he's still assessing the situation and figuring out what his options are -- but Hervé is committed to rebuilding his business.

 

We're a group of friends and neighbors who want to help him reopen. Working as the Friends of Almondine, we set up this campaign on his behalf. All funds raised go directly to Hervé, to be used initially for immediate needs and then to help with major rebuilding expenditures. He needs help to not default on financial obligations, he needs to pay employees for work done, and he'll need to replace all the destroyed equipment.

 

If you love Almondine, please donate whatever you can. All contributions, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

 

Reticent Frenchman that he is, Hervé was initially reluctant to ask for assistance, but he needs it. Like others, we're taking a grassroots approach to helping him, asking his family, friends, and community for support. Let's get him back up and baking -- the neighborhood would not be the same without Almondine.


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ALMONDINE

Best Baguette (2006) -- New York Magazine

Best Bakery (2008) -- Village Voice

Best Bakery (2009) -- New York Magazine

Best Macaroon (2011) -- New York Magazine

 

**Hurricane Sandy wreaked unimaginable havoc in our area. So many homes and businesses have been devastated...our hearts go out to all those affected.**

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Update 1
43 months ago

Wonderful news, folks -- Dumbo's Almondine Bakery is indeed OPEN again!!!! The first few days will be a sort of soft launch. Production is limited, so please bear with them as they ramp up to full capacity.

It's been a long haul for Hervé, as the NYTimes restaurant critic Pete Wells noted. But Hervé has been able to reopen Almondine with the help of many friends, neighbors, customers, and fans near and far. Thank you all so very much for your love, interest, dedication, and support. It means the world to Hervé and everyone at Almondine.

I've added a photo of the renovated work area, so you can see the difference your donations made. Quite an improvement from the original photo posted after Sandy!! Thanks to Etienne Frossard for the photos...and to you for your support.
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Nicole Mouton
46 months ago

DUMBO needs Almondine! It's the best place for truly perfect sweets! Good luck and we can't WAIT to see opening day!

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$28,725 of $200k goal

Raised by 181 people in 47 months
Created November 16, 2012
AC
$333
Anita Chen
44 months ago

The significance of my donation is that the number "3" in Chinese means "to live and to survive." Here's to Almondine's restoration and preservation!

DK
$50
Debra Kendall
44 months ago

The most exquisite croissants. You are truly missed here in Park Slope!

PS
$70
Paul Sanwald
44 months ago

sitting in almondine with a blueberry muffin and a coffee is a wonderful thing.

$10
Anonymous
44 months ago
AW
$20
Alexandra Warren
44 months ago

My 9-year old nephew Harry declared Almondine the "best bakery on the planet." We want you back!

$2,500
Anonymous
44 months ago
$20
Anonymous
44 months ago
$150
Anonymous
45 months ago
$50
Anonymous
45 months ago
SB
$100
Sarah Botcher
45 months ago

Never Give Up!!!

Nicole Mouton
46 months ago

DUMBO needs Almondine! It's the best place for truly perfect sweets! Good luck and we can't WAIT to see opening day!

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