Jan. 22, 2014 By Michael Florio
Brooklyn Cupcakes is making a return to Long Island City, teaming up with Italian restaurant Manducatis Rustica.
The cupcakes will be baked at Brooklyn Cupcakes’ Williamsburg headquarters and sold by Manducatis Rustica, located at 46-35 Vernon Blvd.
Brooklyn Cupcakes was forced to close its Long Island City location—5-43 48th Street — just before Thanksgiving, due to poor sales numbers and a change in lease terms. But owner Carmen Rodriguez said the firm still has several loyal customers in Long Island City.
Since closing the Long Island City store, Rodriquez has been delivering cupcakes to locations throughout the neighborhood several times a week, she said.
Rodriguez is excited to team up with Manducatis Rustica.
“It is a well known restaurant in the neighborhood and the owners are a staple of the Long Island City community,” she said. “It is a perfect match to have our products represented there.”
Manducatis Rustica will be buying the cupcakes and then re-selling them to customers.
Customers will be able to pick up both small and large orders from the restaurant. Furthermore, restaurant diners will be able to order Brooklyn Cupcakes off a dessert menu.
Rodriguez is hopeful that this tenure in Long Island City will be more successful than the last.
“The restaurant will allow us to showcase our cupcakes and the twenty different flavors we have to the community,” Rodriguez said.