For Immediate Release
Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723
TROY, N.Y. (07/07/14) — The management of Daisy Baker’s said Monday the beloved downtown Troy restaurant will not be reopening to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. As of Friday, the business has moved out of its 33 Second Street building.
“We regretfully announce that we will not be reopening,” said Jared Horton, managing partner of Daisy Baker’s, in a prepared statement. “We have been unable to reach an agreement with the building’s new owner, Bonacio Construction.”
In the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2013, Daisy Baker’s was forced to close after a broken pipe above the kitchen caused a devastating loss. Horton had hoped to reopen quickly, but the building was in foreclosure at the time, as its then-owner Sandy Horowitz was undergoing a prolonged bankruptcy. Credit union SEFCU then purchased the four-story Romanesque building at 33 Second St. at auction with intent to find a developer capable of preserve its historic value.
In May, Sonny Bonacio was the winning bidder for the building.
Horton, who does not wish to be interviewed by the media, prepared the following statement for the press:
STATEMENT RE: DAISY BAKER’S
“More than six months after a burst water pipe caused significant damage to our kitchen, and after watching the building change ownership twice, we regretfully announce that we will not be reopening Daisy Baker’s at its historic home at 33 Second Street, in downtown Troy.
“My business partner and I have been unable to reach an agreement with the building’s new owner, Bonacio Construction. There were some restrictions in the proposed lease that we felt would not be sustainable for our business over the long term.
“While Bonacio proposed helping us with the kitchen repairs, the rent increase combined with restrictions to our hours of operation were too much to overcome. The Bonacio team tried their best to help us reopen, but we simply could not offer them the type of establishment that they are looking for.
“I know better than anyone what this business is capable of, and it would not be prudent of me to put this business, my partner, and our employees in a position where I had doubts of the long term success.
“I thank all of our loyal patrons, for their continued support, and our employees, for all of the hard work that gave us over the years. I also thank our insurance agent, company, and adjuster, for their help through this difficult time.
“Ultimately, it was the lack of action by building ownership/management at the time of the Dec. 19 2013 flood that put us in this position, not the current building ownership. It’s a shame that Daisy’s won’t be open for it’s 40 year anniversary this year. Daisy Baker’s opened in 1974 and we had a quite a celebration planned.”
Jared Horton, Managing Partner
July 7, 2014
Horton’s business partner, Bruce Fleshman added the following remarks:
“It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that lead to Daisy’s closing,” Fleshman said. “Business was good. It was the building’s legal woes that put us in this position. We had nobody to turn to when our flood occurred. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this for the past three years, and am grateful to all of the patrons who supported us.”
HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER FOR OUT-OF-WORK STAFF
On Monday Dec. 23, 2013, the Troy community rallied at a fundraiser to support the Daisy Baker’s staff left out-of-work by the forced closure of the restaurant.
Troy booster Duncan Crary helped publicize the shoulder-to-shoulder event held at Bacchus Wood Fired, a restaurant located beneath Daisy Baker’s at 33 Second Street.
“We have a lot of wonderful gathering spots in this city, but Daisy Baker’s was the queen of ‘Third Places’ in Troy,” said Crary. “It was a true ‘living room,’ where Trojans of all walks would gather to interchange their news of the day. And I know I’m not alone when I say, I will miss that camaraderie most of all.”
For a press release, issued by Crary, regarding the December fundraiser for the staff of Daisy Baker’s, click here.
ABOUT DAISY BAKER’S
Daisy Baker’s, is located on the first floor of 33 Second Street. It was in operation from 1974 until 1988. In 1999, Jim Scully purchased 33 Second Street and reopened a fully restored and improved Daisy Baker’s in 2000. Jared Horton, tended bar at Daisy’s for nine years before taking over operations from Scully as Managing Partner.
The New York Times praised the grand old barroom at Daisy Baker’s in a 2008 Day Trip Piece titled “Where the Finest Antiques Can’t be Bought.”
WILL DAISY’S EVER RE-OPEN ELSEWHERE?
Horton says he purchased the rights to the name “Daisy Baker’s,” the restaurant phone number and website from Scully.
Though he has no immediate plans, Horton said he would consider the possibility of re-opening Daisy Baker’s elsewhere if a space suitable to the restaurant’s brand, style and needs became available.
Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723, DCC@DuncanCrary.com