One of the vital treasured cafés in Shelter Island is below risk of closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proprietor of Marie Eiffel Market — which pulls each locals and movie star followers together with Jessica Chastain and Charlotte Gainsbourg — tells Web page Six that she even referred to as her landlord to hand over the market’s lease.
However mates and neighbors have scraped collectively $100,000 to maintain the doorways open.
The market’s Parisian proprietor, who goes by Marie Eiffel, normally opens her retailer for the season on April 15. Nevertheless, amid this 12 months’s pandemic, she opened in March to present groceries for aged regulars who had been too nervous to go to common supermarkets.
“They requested ‘Are you able to please promote us greens?,’ so I emptied all my fridges and began promoting salads,” Eiffel instructed us. “We began a web based service, however you don’t make any cash doing this.”
Even so, Eiffel — who additionally runs a profitable catering enterprise — was optimistic the market would survive. She runs the enterprise with an annual $200,000 credit score line from her financial institution and $100,000 on her bank card, which, prior to now, she normally earns again shortly over the summer season months.
Nevertheless it prices greater than $40,000 a month to run. By the top of May, Eiffel mentioned: “I checked out my numbers after Memorial Day, which was a catastrophe, I checked out [partner Jason Penney] and mentioned ‘We’re not going to make it … we gained’t have the opportunity to reimburse the financial institution and the bank card, and if we don’t do this, then how will we re-open subsequent 12 months?’”
After sending a textual content to her landlord to give discover on her waterfront property, Marie instructed prospects she was closing.
Nevertheless, with out her data, Marie’s prospects got here to the rescue and arrange a GoFundMe web page for donations. Eiffel instructed us: “I didn’t know what a ‘GoFundMe’ is. For me, as an individual to ask individuals for cash … I can’t do it.”
The GoFundMe has a goal of $300,000 and has already been inundated by members of the neighborhood — together with a donation of $1000 by hotelier André Balazs, proprietor of the close by hotspot Sundown Seaside, which is now closed for the summer season due to the pandemic.
To this point, greater than $100,000 has been raised in per week.
Eiffel mentioned of her predicament: “I don’t need to close — it makes me cry each time I give it some thought. That is my neighborhood, however I can’t consider what individuals have finished to assist me.”