YONKERS, NY — July 11, 2020 — Sur la Table epitomizes “The Art & Soul of Cooking”. Upon opening the high end kitchenware outlet in the Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers years ago, it added a cachet of sophistication that encompassed kitchenware and cooking classes under one roof. As adamant their capacity to marry kitchen gadgetry, not always familiar to the American consumer, they helped their patrons to discover how to replicate cuisine over which chefs would fawn. Sur La Table brought the fun and joy of cooking. They made cuisine accessible to the American palate hungry to discovery more to satisfy their palate, whether at the kitchen table or the dining room table. They also gave more men permission to delve into the world of cooking; the secrets were displayed by the array of pots and pans to choose from, the coffee makers, and so much more. Perhaps not as eloquent as Julia Childs, Sur La Table shared their knowledge with its patrons. Alas COVID-19 has exacted a toll to which not all can escape, neither personally nor in the business world.
Luckily all is not lost. Sur La Table has files for protection engaging Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Trenton. Sur La Table, headquartered in Seattle, WA, showed 150 Quaker Bridge Mall Road in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, as the debtor’s address.
Chapter 11 is a form of bankruptcy that involves a reorganization of a debtor’s business affairs, debts, and assets, and for that reason is known as “reorganization” bankruptcy.it is named after the U.S. bankruptcy code 11, corporations generally file Chapter 11 if they require time to restructure their debts. This version of bankruptcy gives the debtor a fresh start. However, the terms are subject to the debtor’s fulfillment of its obligations under the plan of reorganization.
Sur La Table has reopened 121 of its stores around the country as of July 4. The firm “contemplates the sale of Sur La Table retail stores after the rationalization of its national store footprint. Sur La Table already closed the store it operated at The Westchester in White Plains. Ridge Hill in Yonkers, The Shops at Nanuet in Rockland County, and Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Connecticut are expected to be permanently closed in August or September.
Court filings have delineated The Westchester Mall owed $245,000, the Irvington, NY, and Tarrytown, NY manufacturer The Cookware Co., owed $545,400, and cutlery products, cook wares, and scissors distributor Zwelling J.A. Henckels LLC in Pleasantville, NY, owed $2,245,000.
The company asserts it plans to consummate a restructuring and sale of the company as a going-concern subject to authorization by the court.
Sur La Table was founded by Shirley Collins and has been in operation for 48 years.