Fort Defiance and Governor Start Picking Up the Pieces

Fort Defiance, before the hurricane.
Fort Defiance, before the hurricane. Photo: Melissa Hom

Three years ago, when a health department hiccup closed the newly opened Red Hook restaurant Fort Defiance for having gas equipment but no gas service, owner St John Frizell just took it in stride and hung a sign on the restaurant’s front door announcing the restaurant was “bloody, but unbowed,” urging patrons to visit the neighborhood’s other small businesses. Fort Defiance was again roughed up during last week’s storm surge, Frizell writes today on Epicurious, but the restaurant remains unbowed.

After a long weekend of salvage, Frizell writes he will push toward reopening the restaurant. He plans to document the process on Epicurious. Tonight, though Fort Defiance remains closed, the mobile brick oven from Pizza Moto will park its trailer outside the restaurant and serve pies to the neighborhood.

Governor, the Dumbo restaurant that was inundated with many feet of water last week, has also mobilized on many fronts. Nona Brooklyn takes a look inside the wrecked restaurant, which has also launched a blog to document its recovery and is raising funds at Go Fund Me for repairs and recovery. Governor has raised almost one-sixth of its $150,000 goal during the last two days.

Recovery in Red Hook [Epi-Log/Epicurious]

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Fort Defiance and Governor Start Picking Up the Pieces