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Eating Out - May 4, 2012

Shop Talk

CROISSANTS, ANYONE? ... A San Francisco-based French patisserie and cafe chain that has been eyeing Palo Alto for months is opening a new La Boulange in mid-May. The cafe will be on one of the prime corners of downtown Palo Alto at 151 University Ave. at Emerson Street. Construction is now in full swing for the 2,600-square-foot eatery, which will seat 75 customers indoors and another 25 on the outdoor patio. "We love this location and we love the patio. And we're happy we can bring new jobs to the neighborhood," La Boulange CFO J.P. Lachance said, adding that he is planning to hire 30 employees. La Boulange has 19 cafes in the Bay Area, 12 in San Francisco. The company recently opened one in Burlingame and is planning to keep moving farther down the Peninsula, Lachance said. The company is not to be confused with fellow restaurant chain Le Boulanger, which also has bakery cafes dotted throughout northern California.

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Posted by local gurl, a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Love Fuki Sushi! Time to look for an opening at FB!

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I would be happier if it were a Panera. And, isn't that 're-opening?'

Posted by confused, a resident of Downtown North
on May 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Le Boulanger and La Boulange are different cafe chains competing with each other? Whose bright idea is that? Which one is better?

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