New Orleans sweets shop Sucré abruptly closes

Co-founder resigned last summer amid sexual harassment allegations

Chris Miller
June 17, 2019 - 2:07 pm

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Sucré, an upscale pastry and desserts boutique that opened on Magazine St. 13 years ago and spread to locations in the French Quarter and Metairie, unexpectedly closed its doors today. 

The store's web site only shows this:

To Sucre fans and supporters,

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the closing of SUCRE as of Monday June 17, 2019. Throughout the years, we have appreciated each of you. Your smiles and patronage have been priceless. Thank you for your business and your support. Know that the Sucre’ Family holds you dear. Stay Sweet!

Please Note: Sucre will work diligently to return payment for any order that has been placed on our website within the last 72 hours. These orders will not be processed and all funds will be returned to purchaser. We thank each of you once again.

Sincerely,
The Sucre Team

The shop's co-founder, Tariq Hanna, resigned from the business last August. About four months later, reports surface of sexual harassment complaints lodged against Hanna.

The New Orleans Advocate said those reports included complaints of Hanna hosting topless pool parties and "exploitative treatment of female staffers."

The business posted a separate farewell message to its Facebook page, saying that for the past year, management "has operated in a responsible manner and has attempted to bring the company to financial profitability."

Hanna's founding partner at Sucré, Joel Dondis, left the company in 2016 according to The Advocate.
 

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