Nordic Stronghold in Brooklyn Closing Shop

Helena Bakke and daughter Arlene Rutuelo will close Nordic Delicacies at the end of January. (Photo via Home Reporter)

Helena Bakke and daughter Arlene Rutuelo will close Nordic Delicacies at the end of January. (Photo via Home Reporter)

Less than two months after Home Reporter did a profile on Nordic Delicacies, the Brooklyn paper is reporting that the go-to spot for Scandinavian home-cooked meals in Bay Ridge is going out of business and closing shop at the end of January.

Opened 29 years ago, when a Scandinavian community still thrived, the mom-and-daughter store is described by reporter Meaghan McGoldrick as “one of the Ridge’s oldest ties to Scandinavian tradition.”

From Norwegian fare such as Salted Lamb (a holiday staple), house-made pork cold cuts and Fish Mousse to loveable classics like potato salad, butter cookies and old-fashioned Norwegian waffles, Nordic did it all – and did so with love.

More recently, however, keeping the small business running was proving to be a challenge, said Arlene Rutuelo, who owns Nordic Delicacies with mom Helena Bakke:

“Doing business in New York is hard; that’s the reality,” said Rutuelo, “especially for small businesses like us. The economy is tough, between sales and regulations, and I think all businesses are feeling that.”

While Nordic Delicacies is closing shop, that certainly doesn’t mean Rutuelo is stepping back from the community. Visit Home Reporter to find out the other activities she will focus on, as well as Nordic Delicacies’ significance on the East Coast.

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