Maison Kayser’s last tweet, dated June 15, says the French bakery chain is “woven into the fabric of diverse communities around the world.”
But the threads have come loose in New York City, where its 16 locations have been closed since March. And now the business may be unwinding its presence here, Commercial Observer reported.
One of its landlords, in talks with the chain about getting out of its space, told the publication that Maison Kayser plans to exit all of its leases in the New York market — 15 in Manhattan and one in Downtown Brooklyn.
The chain’s problems may have predated the coronavirus: Eater reported last August that it was closing its two Washington, D.C., locations after just 17 months — shorter than a congressional term. Before opening those, all of its U.S. outlets were in New York City.
Maison Kayser, which has more than 100 locations in 20 countries, did not return an inquiry seeking comment.
The company’s website features an August 2012 New York Times article headlined, “Maison Kayser, a Global Baker, Touches Down in New York.” The piece noted that “a global chain of artisanal bakeries sounds like an oxymoron,” but that’s what Eric Kayser had created since opening his first one in 1996 in Paris. Croissants at the first Manhattan location, on Third Avenue and East 74th Street, cost $2.50. Now they are $4.10. Or were, at least. [CO] — Erik Engquist