Upper East Side bistro and bakery Payard has closed.
Payard is no more.
François Payard, chef/owner of the UES Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro, announced the closing of the restaurant. He cited "untenable rent increases being levied by the landlord" as the reason.
"Alexandra Payard will continue to operate her catering business, Tastings, as usual and will employ some of the patisserie and bistro staff," Payard said. "We thank all of you for many wonderful years in business and we look forward to welcoming you to a new location one day soon."