After about a year or so of being the only boutique macaron shop in Long Island City, Little Oven is closing their doors. We bid farewell to their deliciously dainty delicacies and the French charm that they brought to our neighborhood.
So sad that one of the best shops in NYC is going to close. It’s our lost of LIC and wish they are the best…..
their cupcakes were amazing
We will probably get a fast food company instead
This is why LIC will never flourish. It’ll never be a culinary gem. Just a handful of decent restaurants, and nothing more. Greedy landlords and nazi developers!
JJ, read the above letter before commenting.
Sad to see them go, I wonder if they are going set up shop in Tokyo.
The problem in LIC is that the local economy is the product of boomtown speculators. It isn’t a “real neighborhood” economy. Bakeries have to charge outrageous prices for dinky little cookies to meet their expenses. Either that or the owners have to be independently wealthy.
Unless everyone in LIC was stopping by to empty their wallets daily on those macarons (I’m a macaroon man myself), how in hell they could survive?
Not that this has anything to do with Little Oven closing, but LIC’s major economic problem is that all the people that have moved here aren’t putting their money into local businesses. I’ve met many people that have moved to LIC but spend all their money in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Landlords see more people moving here, so they up the rents, but the same amount of people are going to the restaurants. Sadly, restaurants have to cut costs and charge more for their food to pay their rent.
I really don’t understand all of the comments about the prices of cookies, rent and how people do or don’t spend their money in our neighborhood.
Little Oven is closing because the owner moved to Tokyo. Not because they weren’t able to stay in business.
Only two people thinks they closed because of the rent. The conversation just turned into a talk about the local economy.
they closed becuase the owners moved to Tokyo, not for lack of business.
agree that people that live in the neighborhood generally don’t seem to spend a lot in the neighborhood, with some exceptions. but, i’ve lived in LIC for only 4 years and that seems to be changing pretty quickly in a very noticeable way.
We had them cater our wedding. They did a fantastic job! The cupcakes and mini-cheesecakes were a huge hit! Very sorry to see them go.
LIC’s loss is Tokyo’s gain! So sorry to hear they’ve closed. We ordered a few dozen macaron favors for a party a few months ago, and the staff was as pleasant to work with as the macarons were delicious.
One more comment on the issue of neighborhood support, remember that this business, like many other bakery-type businesses, did not depend solely, on walk-in, retail customers to make their business viable.
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