La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.
La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.
A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.
The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.
Japanese crepes (like pretty much everything Japanese, and particularly most convenience foods that are Japanese) are a little bit weird. I mean sure, the idea of a crepe sounds excellent. And the idea of a fast-casual restaurant serving up hot, fresh crepes sounds even more awesome. But then you get to T-swirl (which opened just a few days ago in Chinatown and has already seen crowds big enough to scare away those not arriving precisely at 11am when it opens), and you look at the menu, and your very first thought is why are they putting boiled asparagus in my Thai chicken crepe? followed shortly by and why are there carrots in EVERYTHING?
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Calling all gluten-free dieters: If you thought swearing off gluten meant you had to forever forgo the deliciousness that is a warm, freshly-made crêpe, think again — La Crêperie Café in Rittenhouse is now serving gluten-free crêpes all day, every day. (It’s totally appropriate to shed some tears of joy upon hearing this news.)
The gluten-free crêpes, which the restaurant began serving a few weeks ago, are made in-house with rice flour instead of wheat flour, and all of the crêpes on the menu — a whopping 63 choices — can be prepared gluten-free. So go, enjoy a freshly-made crêpe, just because you can.
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Visitors to Philadelphia’s Christmas Village kept telling Liza Hussain that she had to open a storefront for her crepes. So she took their advice and opened Global Crepes and Local Shakes at 1309 S 9th Street, just a quarter-block from Pat’s and Geno’s.
In addition to sweet and savory crepes, the store offers Philly Fair Trade Coffee for coffee and espresso. And as the name implies there are also shakes. And perhaps most interesting, a selection of Sharbat, a Persian a sweet drink made with rose petals among other things.
Daily specials, like today’s crepe with manchego, fresh pear and dark Belgian chocolate, are also offered. In the spring the sharbats portion of the menu will be extended and ice cream will also be served.
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The newest and most impressive Cafe L’Aube opened today on Locust Street between Rittenhouse Square and 20th Street. The attractive cafe seats about 24 and offers L’Aube coffee, French sandwiches and both sweet and savory crepes.
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So Crepe, which we first told you about back in October of 2012 opens at 11 a.m. today at 1506 South Street. The crepe spot will serve both sweet and savory crepes. The menu tops out at $9 and crepes range from the classic eggs, ham and Swiss cheese to the unusual, cream cheesed tuna fish, onions, chives and tabasco sauce.
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Cafe L’Aube has returned to Graduate Hospital, opening inside the NextFab Studio space at 2025 Washington Avenue. The cafe serves coffee, French pastries and of course, crepes. Cafe L’Aube’s original location was on the 1500 block of South Street but closed shortly after owner Jean-Luc Fanny opened his second location in Fairmount.
Fanny will also be roasting out of the location and his roaster hooked up and ready to go. And this opening is just the latest for what looks to be an empire on the making. Fanny is also looking to open near Rittenhouse Square.
As for NextFab Studio, it looks to be a high-tech playground for Philadelphia artists and innovators. Check out the grand opening tomorrow.
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Who says crepes are only for the French? No one really, but the question had to be asked because Philly is set to get one more creperie: Global Crepes and Local Shakes. Set to open in Passyunk Square this January, owner Liza Iezzi is hoping to bring good food and memories, inspired by a shop her grandfather owned on 11th and Christian.
The cafe will serve coffee, crepes, homemade shakes, and an assortment of teas, ice creams, and wraps. If you want to get a sneak peek at Iezzi’s crepes, head over to Christmas Village at Love Park, where she’s serving crepes and baked waffles. Rumor has it Nutella is involved.
Global Crepes and Local Shakes [Official Site]
Photo via Passyunk Post
Cafe L’Aube owner Jean-Luc Fanny has confirmed that he will be opening another French Cafe (and he stresses that this is not a coffee shop) at 2025 Washington Avenue.
Through a collaboration with NextFab Studio, owned by Rex 1516 owner Evan Malone, Cafe L’Aube will occupy the resident cafe space in the new NextFab Studio facility at 2025 Washington Avenue.
The new cafe will offer the same types crepes and coffee served at Cafe L’Aube, and is tentatively set to open on December 1, 2012.
Cafe L’Aube [Official Site]
NextFab Studio [Official Site]
We here at Foobooz World Headquarters shed more than one tear when creperie and coffee shop Cafe L’Aube closed on South Street. So imagine our excitement when we spotted signs for So Crêpe at 1506 South Street. Owner Fabrice Goutte told us that So Crepe will be a casual restaurant of course focusing on crepes. The restaurant’s tagline is “So Simple, So Healthy, So Gourmet, So French.” Goutte and his partners hope to be open before the year is out but the former salon will need a complete redo before it becomes a crepe spot.
So Crepe [Official Site]