What is going on with Vesuvio Bakery?
The iconic Soho bakery—once owned by renowned civic activist Tony Dapolito, and most recentl operated as a kind of cafe by Andrew Veniopoulos—has been closed for five months. Signs in the window have mentioned necessary renovations and the mending of the coal ovens. OK. But it's taken a very long time. And now the shop's status has taken a decidedly weird turn.
There are shoes in the window.
That's right. Shoes. Fancy schmancy, Boho shoes. A framed sign reads: "Win a pair of hand-painted silk shoes while winning the chance to help in the fight against breast cancer. Peter Fox shoes hand-painted by Tracey Asai." Another sign indicates that 50% of sales will go to the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund.
A good cause, I'm sure. Perhaps Veniopoulos decided to give over his store to a charitable venture while he prepares to reopen. But the whole display lends itself to the abiding rumor that Vesuvio will not see the light of day again. Inside, the tables, chairs, counter and coffee machine look ready to go. A recent story reported that the shop will reopen by Christmas. I hope so. It would make a nice present.