There's a lot of buzz about this place so I've been trying to chase down some scoop for you guys. Frederic Courteau is the owner of The French Bakery, which will be opening right across from The Heathman (next to Terra Bite) on State St and Kirkland Ave. He was kind enough to email me with his vision, which I enjoyed reading so much that I thought I'd just share the note with you! You can't help but appreciate his love for his work and Kirkland too. He had me at "chocolate" .........
My wife and I (and our 2 little boys) are anxious and hopeful that this retail store will become one of Kirkland's little gems. We have a wholesale bakery in Bellevue that has been in business for over 10 years, serving a good chunk of Seattle's best independent cafés. The word "independent" is very important to us. The design of our place will reflect a bit my origin, growing up in Grasse (French Riviera), where the culture, architecture, cuisine, and attitudes are very similar to what is found in Northern Italy, just an hour away. We will blend traditional French pastries with an exclusive Northern Italian coffee & chocolate line, flown in weekly from Bologna. Our store will also offer a wide array of retail items, almost exclusive to us. (i.e. coffees, chocolates, teas).
We live 4 miles away from the store and are committed to this area, in spite of many people advising us to open our shop in Seattle "where the action is". Our ambitions are modest, except when it comes to quality where we won't stand for second best. This means we will strive to improve over time and stay at the top of the niche market we serve.
Our phone number will be (425) 898-4510
They are opening just as I've finally lost those holiday pounds. But don't worry- I am so there. Stay tuned for 'coffee week' next week- there's a lot of new joe in town to talk about.... ~Janis