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French Bakery Expands in Palo Alto

Tres bon!

Owner Debora Ferrand in the second outpost of her popular Mademoiselle Colette, which is now open in downtown Palo Alto.


Since it opened two years ago in Menlo Park, Mademoiselle Colette patrons had become accustomed to hearing that the croissants and pain au chocolats were sold out—often as early as 10am on weekends. Would the second outpost that debuted in October in Palo Alto compound the pastry problem?

Thankfully, the sequel coincided with proprietor Debora Ferrand securing a commercial kitchen—which means she has been able to more than triple production, she says. The new patisserie, at 499 Lytton St., is open daily. (The Menlo Park location will likely be open seven days a week by year’s end.)

With the Palo Alto space totaling less than 500 square feet, the menu is designed for folks to grab and go. In addition to pastries, the culinary options include salads, as well as sandwiches featuring housemade baguettes that Ferrand hopes to offer next year. (The ham and cheese sandwich, served with cornichons, is quintessentially French.) And there’s even more to look forward to: Prepared lunchboxes— comprised of a salad, savory item and sweet treat—and catering are also in the works for 2018. Très bon!


Originally published in the November/December issue of Silicon Valley

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