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Parisian Bakery Le Marais Expands Onto Sutter Street With Room to Experiment

Croissants, pastries, and Verve coffee are now available at the edge of the Polk Gulch

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Le Marais has opened the doors to its newest bakery and cafe on 1138 Sutter Street, bringing its buttery croissants and Parisian panache to the Tendernob. It’s the bakery’s third — and largest — location, serving as cafe, and a baking commissary and experimentation lab for owner Patrick Ascaso.

The 3,000-square-foot space is outfitted with a 2,000-square foot basement with lots of refrigeration — key to the bakery’s increasing wholesale business via a partnership with Williams-Sonoma. (Expect a special croissant containing the company’s popular peppermint bark available for order during the holidays.)

At opening, the menu will be a selection of pastries and lighter cafe fare, expanding into the full selection of brunch boards, toasts, and more in early November.

Meanwhile, head pastry chef Hikari Hori (a veteran of Berkeley’s beloved Fournée Bakery) is using the extra space to expand into more unusual pastry offerings, like lemon cream laminated brioche, and — coming in November — an ice cream cone craft from croissant dough, filled with Straus Creamery soft serve. Ascaso hopes to create a pastry incubator in which to experiment with techniques and flavors, a dream that’s been in the works since he and wife-partner Joanna Ascaso started planning for it in 2015.

Like the bakery’s other cafes in the Marina and Castro, Sutter Street is heavily influenced by Ascaso’s French upbringing. Patterned tile, brass elements, exposed brick, and white walls will serve to welcome the neighborhood in for Verve coffee, chocolate croissants, and wifi. And as the neighborhood has made abundantly clear to Ascaso, there must (and will) be brunch. The nature of the space will also lend itself to events after cafe hours.

It’s now open from 7 a.m- 2:30 p.m. with pastries, quiches, and yogurt bowls. Check back in mid-November when hours will expand to 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., and the full cafe menu will be available all day and during brunch.

Stay tuned for more details on the couple’s next Parisian outpost, which will be located in Marin.

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Bakers prepare chocolate croissants
Halloween ghost marshmallows
Pastries are filled
Chocolate croissants are rolled by hand
Two vintage peacock chairs
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