Yes, sadly it’s true. Bread Love was a victim of arson and the space was almost totally gutted. Freebrook Spaces experienced some damage as well, displacing most of it’s occupants at least temporarily. What’s most important is that there was no loss of life including the fish, which were relocated and the ginger attack cat. :) Oh! and amazingly, Hillary’s cookbooks survived although they are slightly toasted.
So many of you, friends new and old, have reached out during this time and we greatly appreciate it. We Porters have put a lot of work and heart into the community since we’ve moved here and this [attack] truly shook us up. We also would like to thank the NYPD and FDNY for all of their efforts to solve this crime.
We were cleared from the various entities to begin cleaning up. Some folks came out this afternoon (THANK YOU) and helped us get it going. The mess was bringing/keeping us down and keeping us in the moment that we truly would like to forget. The clean up continues through the rest of the week; we’ll fill the dumpster that’s due on Thursday and hopefully be able to finish the majority of the work by Friday afternoon. Friday evening we’ll fire up the grill. VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED DURING THIS TIME! Even if you drop by some refreshments or gloves or masks or even HD garbage bags for those who are working in the mess.
Are you accepting donations?
At this point in time, we haven’t fully flushed that out. We have had folks offer to help us crowdsource (or crowdfund?) and we’ve barely been able to have the conversation to get that going. Bread Love would gladly welcome support in that vein.
How soon will you reopen?
Those molasses latte, ginger scone and chocolate banana bread cravings are for real. :) But seriously, it’s hard to tell. We will keep you posted. We have even tossed around the idea of a pop-up shop somewhere in the neighborhood. Bread Love will definitely continue to appear at the Summer Market on Lewis Avenue (Saturdays) as soon and as often as possible.
What happened to…?
Most of our staff have moved on… another great Bread Love loss… but NYC bills are REAL and DEMAND to be paid. Thank you Diata, Ali-Yah, Jordan, Anthony, Michael, Shawn, Kenny, Chrissy, Denetia, Oliver and the countless other folks who helped to make Bread Love special. Bread Love can only hope to reconnect with you in the future.