What's In Store

Renaissance Patisserie to open South End store at the end of April

French bakery Renaissance Patisserie is now aiming for an end-of-April opening date for its first brick-and-mortar store in South End.

Chef Sylvain Rivet said all there’s left to do is finish decorating the front of the store and buy a few pieces of furniture and a refrigerator. He anticipates it will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 3 or 3:30 p.m.

Rivet said he’s had to hire a few new employees to help not only with the new store, but to continue their regular business at three farmers markets in Charlotte, Gastonia and Greensboro.

“I have a lot of people starting to get excited and calling me to ask if we’re open,” Rivet said. “Now I’m at the stage where I’m feeling a little bit bad because I say ‘yes we’re opening very soon.’ I have one customer call me every week to ask if we’re open.”

The new location will feature traditional French pastries, such as chocolate mousse, crème brûlée and raspberry tarts. It will also have several gluten-free options.

It will be located at 2809 South Blvd., across from Pepsi Bottling Ventures.

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