For months, David Schatsky, the operator of a website called Stop Sugar & Plumm has lambasted the restaurant and candy store “Sugar & Plumm Purveyors of Yumm” slated to open on 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. He’s called it “offensive,” ridiculed its Macorons, and said it “degrades the character of the neighborhood.”
In short, he thinks that it sucks that a bunch of small local businesses were pushed out in favor of a New Jersey-based candy shop. He’s certainly not alone in that opinion.
“Many of us are unhappy with the fact that five, small, neighborhood-focused businesses were lost to make space for a giant, New Jersey-based chain store that is totally out of keeping with the historic character of the neighborhood.”
But after the store’s original design was rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as too garish, Sugar & Plumm toned it down. And now, even Schatsky is willing to give the designers some small grudging praise.
After Sugar & Plumm recently took down the wooden boards covering the facade to reveal a relatively simple storefront, he put up a post with the headline “Much Less Ugly.” That was as much as he’d allow himself. The post has no other words, just a photo of the facade.
Not glowing praise, but a start.
A store rep told us Sugar & Plumm is planning to open sometime next month.
Top photo by Gavan Vogler.