|Photo Courtesy of Stephen Cutri|
Coquette Patisserie, a pastry shop and cocktail lounge located on Euclid Avenue across from The Art Institute, is set to open next week, perhaps even as soon as this Saturday. Check the bakery's Facebook page for the most up-to-the-minute info on when they're ready for company.
I got a preview of this unique shop at an event celebrating the storefront's debut. The big-windowed space is charming — a quirky combination of salvage chic, artistic flair and a classy crystal chandelier. There's a small bar, communal table and two-tops opposite glass cases where Culey's cakes and tarts will be on display. The menu also includes some savory bites: chicken liver mousse eclairs; egg salad on a house made brioche with shrimp or cured salmon and herbed cream cheese; and crepes, oysters, and cheese and charcuterie plates. The shop ups its sophistication factor with craft beers on tap; bottles of red, white and sparkling wines; and an array of spirits, among them cognac, absinthe and Armagnac. Just the thought of sipping champagne while forking up bites of opera cake gives me a pleasurable little rush.
|Photo courtesy of Stephen Cutri|