Eclair Exit: Les Jardins de la Duchesse Fails After 2 Weeks on Orchard Street

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 at 9:32 am by
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Les Jardins de la Duchesse debuted in early December with much fanfare out of the gate. For just about two weeks, the newcomer attracted plenty of press, and workers spread the word (nay, flavor) with free samples at their doorstep. However, the all-eclair bakery closed almost as quickly as it opened. Without a peep. Two weeks; that might be a record (December 1 – December 13). Tombstone signage courtesy of Misrahi Realty is now onsite.

The narrow dessert shop mysteriously shuttered mere days before Christmas, and has remained so. An ambiguous Facebook post maintains the typical explanation for the closure, namely “renovations.” Ownership nevertheless explains the temporary nature of the ordeal and promises to return. But we know better.

An epic failure. One reader shares his experience there:

I went in once and it took them literally 10 minutes to give me 2 eclairs that took 5 seconds to order. They couldn’t box them, couldn’t open the register, it went on. I said to my friends, enjoy these, because this place won’t last.

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