Fans of LE MARAIS BAKERY & BISTRO’s marvelous croissants, pastries, and breads will be happy to know they are opening a location in the Samovar Castro space. In a statement, owners Patrick Ascaso and Joanna Pulcini Ascaso say: “We just loved the space from the beginning. It reminded of us a French bakery café in Paris with the outdoor seating and open space inside. The entrances on the two sides work perfectly with our concept, so we’ll have a little bakery entrance on the side and a café entrance at the front.” They are excited to be a part of the neighborhood.
They will be offering a full bakery, with their pastry, viennoiserie, and bread, plus espresso drinks (from Stumptown). There will be a bistro menu based on what they offer at their original location on Chestnut Street, plus brunch items, like avocado toast, croque monsieur, and some new dishes as well.
The space will be getting a full redesign—look for it to feel very clean and bright, with some French touches, like old French mosaic tile at the entrance. The exterior will be repainted their Le Marais blue and will have a bit of a West Village café-meets-Paris flavor. (Joanna and Patrick both spent part of their lives in New York, and love corner West Village cafés and the restaurant Buvette, one of their favorites.) 498 Sanchez St. at 18th St.
The future Castro location of Le Marais Bakery. Photo courtesy of Le Marais Bakery.