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Menlo Park's Mademoiselle Colette to expand to Palo Alto

Uploaded: Aug 3, 2016

Less than a year after opening her popular French bakery Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park, owner Debora Ferrand is expanding with a second location in Palo Alto.

Ferrand has taken over 499 Lytton Ave., the former longtime home of Fran's Market, she confirmed this week. She hopes to open bakery No. 2 there in four months.

Debora Ferrand, owner of Mademoiselle Colette in Menlo Park, places raspberry eclairs in the pastry display in November 2015. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.

The Menlo Park bakery sells traditional French pastries, as well as sandwiches, salads, soups and brunch items. The new location will be "more specialized in to-go and coffees," Ferrand wrote in an email. There is no kitchen at the Lytton Avenue space, but she also recently signed a lease for a kitchen in Newark where in several months she'll be outsourcing croissants and pastries production.

Ferrand, who was born in Brazil but raised in France, opened Mademoiselle Colette to great acclaim, selling out every day for about a month after opening. The acclaim has continued: As recently as last weekend, a coworker said she arrived around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday and the bakery was sold out of croissants.

And San Francisco Magazine awarded the bakery "best croissant" in its recently released Best of the South Bay 2016 edition.

Mademoiselle Colette's pain au chocolat. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.

Recap with this 2015 feature on Mademoiselle Colette: C'est magnifique