The Strong Buzz

The Strong Buzz learned some sad news coming out of DUMBO yesterday. The team behind the critically-acclaimed Governor will NOT be able to reopen due the scope and expense of the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Governor's chef, Brad McDonald, who also oversaw Colonie, has moved on to spend more time with his family and to pursue other projects.


This is a team who has worked tirelessly, passionately, and successfully to invigorate the Downtown Brooklyn dining scene. We are so sorry to learn of this news and wish them continued success in future ventures.

Here is the formal statement from owners Elise Rosenberg, Emelie Kihlstrom, and Tamer Hamawi,

When hurricane Sandy struck our area several months ago, many people experienced great losses. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all of those who suffered and those who continue to do so. 

In the aftermath of this dreadful storm, we assessed the destruction at Governor caused by five feet of water, and we were determined to rebuild our fledgling restaurant.  But despite our commitment and the subsequent and remarkable outpouring of support in all forms--from individuals, the restaurant industry and the community, we have, regrettably, been forced to accept that the scope and scale of repairing the damage to our restaurant is beyond our means financially.  

It is with a very heavy heart that we must humbly face up to this fact.  The response from Dumbo's neighborhood residents, the city at large and the food journalism community regarding our rebuilding effort was gracious, thoughtful and deeply touching to us all.  

We will continue to operate Colonie and Gran Electrica and refocus our efforts on making these businesses viable in their Brooklyn neighborhoods for the long term.  

Additionally, our chef, partner and friend Brad McDonald has decided to leave our restaurant to spend time with his wife and two young children.  This split is mutually agreed upon and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Finally, we want to thank everyone who supported and continues to support our restaurants Colonie and Gran Electrica.  With much gratitude, we remain committed to offering our diners a wonderful experience.

Andrea Strong