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Jan 30, 2008 10:34 AM

Manuel Latruwe's closed for renos (Calgary)

Just a heads up for anyone thinking of making the trek... I went to Latruwe's this morning and signs in the windows indicate they're closed for renovations until February 7th. I ended up over at Rustic on 17th Av and picked up a very nice Cranberry Pecan bread (covered in toasted sesame seeds... hard to stop at just one slice!) and a Buttermilk Rye (which I have yet to get in to since Im trying to watch calories).

Here's hoping Latruwe's opens as scheduled.

Oh, and on a different note I had a Gilchrist sighting at Lina's last night; he appeared to be hosting about a dozen faux fur clad 40-somethings for coffee.

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  1. A co-worker mentioned that Manuel Latruwe is taking over the space next door. I'm excited for the expansion! If only we had more of these patisserie + coffeeshop-type places, preferably in a location good for people-watching.

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    1. re: aktivistin

      That's certainly what it looks like. I wonder if that means an expanded product line along with the new seating? I for one will be looking forward to their re-opening :)

    2. Had a peek at Manuel Latruwe's on the way to work this morning and they are still closed, so no chocolate croissant for breakfast today :-(

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      1. re: irishgirl

        I went past ML's yesterday and it was nowhere near completion. I'm starting to wonder how they ever expected to be open on the 7th.

        1. re: maplesugar

          Sigh. I went by on the weekend and they were far from done. I saw a thread update and thought "yipee! They're open". Whoops, guess not.

          Maybe they meant March 7?

          1. re: yen

            I wish they meant March 7th (although the signs said Feb 7) at least if it were supposed to be March 7th then there'd be an end in sight.

            1. re: maplesugar

              I haven't exactly had my nose up against the window, but from walking by regularly it hasn't looked like anything is happening for the past few weeks. When they first closed there was plenty of activity outside but not for a while now...crap!

              1. re: irishgirl

                The former pastry chef of Teatro is also opening something there - anyone know more?

                1. re: hornvixen

                  By "there" do you mean in that same building?

                  1. re: alex8alot

                    Yep. In that block will be Bernard Callebaut, enlarged Manuel Latruwe, and then something else by this pastry chef...anyone know?

                    1. re: hornvixen

                      Update: Latruwe's is still closed... although it looks like there has been more construction activity of late. It is however not quite at drywall stage so I don't expect them to open til Spring. :\

                      As for the space beside Latruwe's there isn't a bit of activity as far as I can see and no "____ coming soon" signs.

                      1. re: hornvixen

                        I did some digging (dunno why I didn't find this before) and came up with a Gilchrist article about the renos and the new store next to ML's: "Dominique Moussu is opening a French deli called L'Epicerie to answer the nagging question of what to pair with Latruwe's fine Belgian breads and pastries. Moussu, who also holds the dual positions of executive chef and managing partner at Teatro, will be preparing his own pates as well as importing cheeses, spices, prepared meats, fresh vegetables, and other specialty foods from France. L'Epicerie will open in early March." article was dated 01/17/2008 ... so the timeline is off but I'll definitely check out both once they're open.


                        1. re: maplesugar

                          Thanks for the update. I drove by today because im going bonkers without my vanilla croissants, and blue cheese and walnut bread. Anyway, there was construction going on, and the windows have been painted with "opening soon signs". I was enthused, until i took a closer peak, and noticed not a lot done inside.

                          I don't know if these guys are working like restaurant makeover, but i get the impression it'll still be a while.

                          1. re: yen

                            Yes I saw the bright signage last weekend ...took that as a sign of progress or at least an effort to get the message across that they haven't closed for good. The french grocery next door will make for an interesting combo I think.

                            I know they're not the same but have you checked out Ladybug's croissants yet? I quite like them (heh k you probably got that from my waxing poetic about the blue cheese ones lol) The weather this weekend is shaping up for prime bbqing opportunity to make room in your freezer :)

                            1. re: maplesugar

                              Not yet :( My freezer was emptying, but we smoked bacon a couple weekends ago and it's filled with 10lbs of bacon now.

                              Im in town next weekend... i will make a concerted effort to go buy their croissants and bake them all on the same day. I'll just give away the ones i can't eat. I'll report back here.

                              1. re: yen

                                You know you don't h-a-v-e to buy the frozen ones...just try one and see what you think.

                                10lbs of bacon? That's impressive. I have some room in my freezers btw ;)

                                1. re: maplesugar

                                  I've tried the ones they have there. They were decent, but not quite what i was looking for. Timing may have been the issue as well, as i don't usually get to CFM until the PM. I am at ML by 10am, else they are often sold out.

                                  Don't get me wrong, they are certainly better than many other croissants in the city, but when you have your mind fixed on something...

                                  And i appreciate your offer to store the bacon, but they'd get lonely so far away from their other friends :)

                                  1. re: yen

                                    Point taken, there is something special about a croissant hot out of the oven.

                                    We can't have any lonely bacon now can we? lol Besides since I live in the burbs and I suspect you don't (my address could almost be considered South Balzac) they'd have quite the trip to get here.

                                    Here's hoping ML's reopens soon. Maybe we should consider a Calgary CH meet there?

                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                      I have talked to Manuel just this week and he said he is trying to have the renovations completed by mid May and opening
                                      shortly after that.

                                      He said he has had some construction problems but most of the problems have been worked out now.

                                      I was there yesterday and the painters were priming the walls
                                      and the floor tiles are being prep'd for installation this week

                                      GO Manuel Go!


                                      1. re: ccds

                                        Thats good news! Thanks for the update ccds :)

          1. Philippe Pilont is a pastry chef who will opening a shop on Northmount Drive NW. He will be doing French and Venezulan pastries. It is nice to see more higher end pattisseries starting up. He is currently renovating and hopes to be open soon.

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            1. re: debkassy

              Where would I buy good baguette right now? Eiffel Tower was my favourite and now it is closed. I live inner city and don't want to drive too far away.

              1. re: sarah galvin

                People are recommending the baguette's carried by Bite. I havent tried it yet, but plan on it soon.

                1. re: yen

                  Thank you. I had not thought of Bite. I usually go direct to a baker so I was only thinking bakers.

              2. re: debkassy

                This is the Northmount Drive location that will be shared by a chocolatier? :)

                1. re: yen

                  Yes I wonder. lol ;)

                  Meanwhile back at the ranch heh Has anyone been by Latruwe's lately? Any progress reports? I'm missing his bread :)

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    I'm temporarily living in a building right across the street and it's definitely still covered up and not open... I also don't see much construction activity around it either.

                    1. re: alau2

                      Thanks for the progress report :) I hope his reno and your condo get finished soon :)

                      1. re: maplesugar

                        Priorities!.... reno's first, condo second. Sorry Andree, but i miss my vanilla croissants :)

                        1. re: yen

                          lol you can get your croissant fix at CFM...not Latruwe's but still delicious. Ladybug does a fab blue cheese croissant and you can take some frozen ones home (although they're plain) and have 'em all week.

                          1. re: maplesugar

                            I know someone said long ago she used to work at Latruwe, but it's just not the same!

                            How are the frozen ones? I've always considered buying them and bringing them home, but my freezer is usually packed. Any experience with them? I believe they also have plain, and chocolate as the take home croissants.

                            1. re: yen

                              The frozen ones are quite good. They also have toffee croissants as well. And to be honest, there is nothing like a warm toffee or chocolate croissant straight from the oven!

                              1. re: yen

                                The frozen ones are quite good. I've only bought them once and chose plain...forgot there were other flavours since they weren't an option for me (my kids and chocolate croissants = big sugar-fueled mess). There's nothing quite like a croissant warm from the oven, and the house smells wonderful the whole day too :)

                                1. re: yen

                                  Thanks for the feedback folks. I'll give them a try when i manage to clear some meat out of my freezer.

                                2. re: maplesugar

                                  You can get the blue cheese ones frozen too.

                                  I bought both those amd the chocolate ones. The family chocolate lovers weren't all that fond of them though. They're pretty small.

                                  1. re: sharonanne

                                    Really? Heh apparently I didn't look close enough...probably because I'm usually pushing the stroller, sipping my Americano and trying to make sure the kids aren't getting in to things (their reach is amazing!). Thanks sharonanne :)

                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                      They are quite small! Also (although this probably mightn't apply so much to people who have children to wake them early), the preparation instructions were quite involved if you wanted to bake them the minute you got up. I think I had to put them on a baking tray in the oven overnight, with a bowl of water on the shelf below or something like that?

                    2. His target date for reno completion is mid May
                      opening by end of May

                      I talked to Manuel yesterday