Donna Bell’s Bake Shop served its last scone to customers in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday afternoon. The Southern-style bakery, created by NCIS star Pauley Perrette and her two best friends, Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky, closed for good after a struggle to survive during the pandemic.
The all-natural bake shop, named in honor of Pauley’s late mother, opened its doors in April of 2011.
During the pandemic, Matthew has been in charge of the shop, working with friends and using his small-batch recipes that featured in the shop’s New York Times best-selling cookbook.
In March, Matthew told us “we will stay open until they drag us out of here.” However, the reality of no office workers or tourists took a toll on the business, which relied heavily on the weekday traffic from the thousands of workers at Worldwide Plaza above the bake shop on W49th Street between 8/9th Avenue. At Thanksgiving, Matthew joked on Facebook: “For the 8 people who still live or work in New York, we will have some Thanksgiving pies and other assorted pastries.”
The business struggled through until the end of the year with the help of shipping orders — boosted in recent months by Thanksgiving and the Holidays. “Thank you to everybody who placed their orders since July,” said Matthew in November. “You’re literally the only reason I’m still here in New York and the only reason that we’re still open.”
After nearly 10 years, Matthew served his last scones and biscuits on Sunday.
What will you miss the most? Buttermilk biscuits? Chocolate chip-almond scones? Peach streusel muffins? Comment below…