"What is life? They say bread is life." And for one longstanding Brooklyn bakery, that life may be coming to an end. Cammareri Bakery, whose fiery oven provided a plot setting for Cher and Nic Cage's 1987 film Moonstruck, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Crains reports that the company "owes money to fewer than 50 creditors," with assets of $126,000 and liabilities at $500,000.
The bakery closed its 80-year-old retail outlet in 1998 and then merged with Carroll Gardens' Monteleone. As it stands now, Cammareri operates a wholesale bread and pastry business that services restaurants throughout New York City, in addition to a Fort Greene eatery called Cammareri Caffe.
If the bakery can't pull itself out of the fire and back on its feet, we all know who to blame.