So today I happened to be downtown and decided to go to my favorite French bakery on Third St, and saw a sign that said: "Closing March 8, Moving". Naturally, I had a grab a croissant and ask about the move - and oui! - they are moving to be closer to their home, to a shopping center at Juan Tabo and Eubank (Smith's is the anchor store). It's great for my wife and myself, because the location is just across from Academy Hills Park, where we live. But it is sad that they are moving from downtown after all these years. The owner mentioned that they are taking over for the ham store that closed in that plaza, and she always wanted to move there, so it may not be economics that's driving this move - she also mentioned that they would be expanding into more of a bistro, with lunches and dinners. Well, it's great for us, but not so great for downtown worker bee-types - sorry.
Maybe some ambitious artisan bakery could take over the space before yet another Subway moves in......
I think their location on the 4th street mall hampered their visibility. Just my opinion. I avoid that mall like the plague. When walking in it I feel cold, lonely, a little depressed, and surrounded by people that look like they might not be able to afford to eat out. I, too, am happy to know I can check them out on the weekends closer to my home.
I agree with all of this, though I wish they'd considered EDo or Nob Hill first. As long as they keep coming to the Downtown Farmer's Market I have no problem with them in the far Heights.
They did want to move to Nob Hill, but could not find anything affordable in that area. Don't know if they checked Huning Highlands area or not. The spot on 4th sucked for them because the landlord was dreadful. Things were always breaking down and he wouldn't fix them--I remember one summer the air conditioner was out and he refused to do a thing about it when it was he who was responsible for it. Also, the problems with that corridor being homeless central affected their walk-in business some, but as I understand it, their main money comes from sales to restaurants and groceries (like most independent bakeries in town). The markets also have been great for them. I wish them luck in that new location.
I just wish that they'd moved to a place in the Heights that was more accessible by bike. Then I could justify my consumption of their tasty croissant aux amandes...
As a downtown worker who enjoyed regular lunches at La Quiche since they opened, I mourn the move. And, since I live in Old Town, it is going to be a rare day that I end up at the new location. I understand the reasons (bad landlord, environment, etc.), yet I'll miss the great quiche, croissants, and soups. Best wishes to Bruno & Sabine! Au revoir!
Non. Dites "a bientot."
I LOVE La Quiche and I hope their new location is much better for them. One question though! Where do Juan Tabo and Eubank intersect? I just can't picture it.
Just north of Spain, Juan Tabo starts bending west, and Eubank starts bending east. Eventually, Juan Tabo terminates into Eubank (Eubank continues north and eventually terminates at Paseo del Norte. Do you know where Mountain Run apartments are? That's just a bit south of the intersection. There is a shopping center at that intersection with lots of interesting things, like the Smiths, a Walgreens, a Kelly Liquor store, daVinci's Pizza, a bar (I think it's called Horse and Angel), and a bunch of small shops...
The Mountain Run center is actually a pretty walkable neck of the NE heights with a lot of services in a relatively small area...
...and? Is the new place open??
I've been in a couple times now...their new space is beautiful, with a much nicer vibe than the original place. It's been bustling and pleasant each time. Very happy for Sabine and Bruno, but sorry they couldn't find a place to do this somewhere in the heart of the city.
They're open! Looks like their menu is about the same. Hours are now 8 AM-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday, 8-2 Sunday.