CROWN POINT — Panda Express representatives will have to literally go back to the drawing board before returning next month to the Plan Commission.
Soon after closing his short-lived Bushwick bakery, the Awkward Scone, in June this year, chef Eric See set off on a weeks-long road trip through New Mexico, where he grew up. After more than a decade spent working as a pastry chef in New York for industry veterans like former Locanda Verde star Karen DeMasco, running pop-ups, and opening up his own establishment, See wondered if he had it in him to continue in the city after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated his business, like countless others across the city.
While driving through New Mexico, however, See soon realized that the situation there wasn’t much different either. Despite the odds, restaurants were trying to survive however best they could. Upon his return to New York, See was transfixed by a new-found enthusiasm he could see on the streets of Brooklyn,