What's In Store

French bakery to open in South End at the end of March

Renaissance Patisserie will open its first brick-and-mortar store in South End at the end of March.

Chef Sylvain Rivet has sold the French bakery’s pastries, breads and desserts in farmers markets across North Carolina including in Davidson, Cornelius, Gastonia and Charlotte, since moving from California three years ago.

Jo-Anne Rivet, his wife, said Renaissance Patisserie will maintain its presence in farmers markets even after the South End store opens.

“(Sylvain ) feels he has his customer base there. That’s where he started and he feels committed to them,” Rivet said.

The new location will feature traditional French patisseries, like chocolate mousse, crème brûlée and raspberry tarts. It’ll also have several gluten-free options.

The menu will include several “basic staples” but will feature rotating specialty items as well, Rivet said.

“(Sylvain) is always very much interested in expanding the repertoire of what he offers,” Rivet said.

There are still some details to iron out with the inspectors and permits, Rivet said, but that it will “hopefully” be up and running at the end of the month. The new location will be at 2809 South Boulevard in South End, across the street from the Pepsi bottling complex.

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