Jestine's Sweet Shop, which suffered a fire in late April, has begun baking its pastries in an off-site kitchen.

"A few people think Jestine's (Kitchen) is closed," owner Dana Berlin Strange lamented in an e-mail.

Strange declined to reveal any details about the arrangement. It's unclear when the Sweet Shop will reopen as a standalone retail operation,although a worker at the site yesterday indicated "it will happen pretty quick" after restoration work begins this month.

The Apr. 27 fire in the Sweet Shop's back room was attributed to a dryer; firefighters were called to the bakery near the corner of Meeting and Wentworth streets after staffers failed to extinguish the flames. In the immediate wake of the incident, the space was declared unsafe for occupancy. The business has since been permitted to rebuild.

According to an Apr. 27 post on the Sweet Shop's Facebook page, "the smoke and water damage will have the Sweet Shop under repair for a short amount of time. Don't fret, my pets!"

During the closure, Strange says, Jestine's pies, cakes and biscuits are being sold through the nearby restaurant, Jestine's Kitchen.

"Jestine`s Kitchen still has the great sweets they have always had," Strange writes.

For more information, call 722-7224.

Reach Hanna Raskin at 937-5560.