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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? www.thepinkpeppercorn.blogspot.com

                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.

                        http://www.canada.com/cityguides/calg...

                        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 ...an 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 :)

        2. Is it open yet?

          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? :)
                lol.

                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

                      :)

                      1. Opening 27 May 08!

                        I spoke with Manuel today and he has now put up new signs on his shop that he will be open 27 May

                        That is his target date and should be open then barring unforeseen construction delays.

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                        1. re: ccds

                          Good Lord- with Latruwe, the new Janice Beaton and Kawa Espresso Bar all opening in May it's going to be great month!

                          1. re: ccds

                            Thanks ccds that's good news!

                            Sounds like May is shaping up to be an interesting (and expensive heh) month :)

                          2. here is a shot of Manuel's opening sign

                            he also has a new web site:

                            http://www.manuellatruwe.com/

                             
                            1. Bad News!!!!

                              Manuel has run into some snags with his new oven and will not make the 27 May opening!

                              He is trying for late June now.....

                              The oven is European and that makes it hard to get quick action when your stalled

                              with needed information to get the inspections passed

                              I will post more as info is received.

                              Sorry for the bad news.

                              :(

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                              1. re: ccds

                                say it isn't so! Late June? :\

                                Well, let Manuel know we wish him well and hope things get sorted out and he opens as scheduled.

                                1. re: ccds

                                  Arrrgh! I had already planned on being there the first day. Im going through bread withdrawl...

                                  Thanks for keeping us posted though!

                                2. This community is great!!!

                                  I never knew there were so many foodies and ppl with such a passion for food quality here in Calgary. I had to register with this site just to be apart of it - soo much good info on these forums!!!

                                  Cheers! :D

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                                  1. re: Chesco

                                    Well, let me be the first one to say welcome then! I look forward to your contributions to our growing community - the more the merrier :)

                                    1. re: Chesco

                                      Yes, welcome Chesco! :D

                                    2. MORE BAD NEWS!!!!!

                                      Well I had lunch with Manuel yesterday and he has run into more problems....now inspection, oven completion & finishing work.

                                      He now expects it will be late July before he gets his establishment open!

                                      :):):)

                                      If things change I will post immediatly but its not looking good for now.

                                      Sorry for the bad news bear but at least we can keep up with the news.

                                      Having said that there is a new French Deli open right next to Manuels operated by Executive Chef Dominque Moussu from Tiatro's...

                                      The name of the Deli is L' Epicerie

                                      IT IS GREAT!!!!

                                      give it a try

                                      :)

                                      1. Good News!!!!

                                        Manuel is getting close to the opening.
                                        The oven should be operational by the end of the week or early next week

                                        His target date for opening now is mid Aug.

                                        Lets hope for the best....I haven't had a good croissant for months now!!!

                                        I will update the info on his firm opening date as soon as he lets me know

                                        :)

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                                        1. re: ccds

                                          Word on the street is that they started these renos without even getting a permit in place. There's an important lesson there.

                                          1. re: John Manzo

                                            Wow yeah the City doesn't like it when permits aren't in place before construction - makes the whole process of getting one A LOT slower - and could mean ripping things out for an inspection.

                                            Lesson learned for sure. Well, I'm glad to hear he'll reopen soon...sounds like we'll be back from ON/PQ just in time too :)

                                          2. re: ccds

                                            Okay.... mid-January.... early-February.... early-March.... late-May.... mid-June.... late-July.... mid-August...

                                            This is torture most diabolical.

                                            I'm now willing to do unspeakable things for my Belgian pastries!!!

                                            Please, please, please, let there be a light at the end of the tunnel. Any news on when it'll open?

                                            1. re: can_i_try_some

                                              Should be a week and a half.

                                              1. re: rae26

                                                Sept/Oct City Palate is out and the ad says Manuel's is open! (presumably that means the beginning of September) I hope everything goes as planned, if so I know where I'm going Tuesday! :D

                                          3. Manuel is open tomorrow 5 Sept

                                            here is a link that I posted

                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/554682

                                            wishing him the best....I will be there for breakfast tomorrow

                                            :)

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                                            1. re: ccds

                                              Excellent news thank you ccds! :D

                                              1. re: ccds

                                                Hey, ccds--did you go for breakfast, i.e., is Manuel really open? I just tried calling and there was no answer (in fact, no connection).

                                                1. re: javelina

                                                  Ah--I just got an e-mail from them saying they were open today. Yay!

                                              2. I'm munching on a beautiful baguette from Latruwe's right now and boy is it good. Got a tray of profiterolles to go and had a ham and cheese croissant to eat there during lunch. They don't have a means to heat up lunches yet but it still didn't stop the quiches from flying out of the place. Must have seen about 5 quishes sold in 30 mins while I was there. Next time I'll try one, they look pretty good.

                                                Funny thing while standing in line was hearing all the customers mention how long they've waited for the store to reopen.

                                                BTW, the ham and cheese croissant was awesome :)

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                                                1. re: slingshotz

                                                  OMG I thought there was nothing left to turn this week into a great week - but now I HAVE to go to latruwe - as it seems the only answer! See you there! (if there's anything left...!!) Sounds like the perfect start to the weekend :)

                                                  1. re: hornvixen

                                                    sigh........not open in the evenings. hopefully will beat some lines tomorrow (as if that's even possible, if folks aren't lined up already!!)

                                                2. Speed-walked to ML as soon as lunch came around. From the talk in line (5 long, even at 1:30 in the afternoon), we've all been waiting a long time for this day. I bought a few of the mini cakes, an almond croissant, and a pear & almond tart. The tart is sitting in the fridge, but the croissant was WONDERFUL. Oh, how I missed this place.

                                                  On a side note, I took time to visit Epicerie next door for a sandwich au jambon de bayonne (similar to prosciutto) and a lemon macaron. Very friendly and charming folks there and the food is fantastic. Will definitely be back to try the paté and the croutons!

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                                                  1. re: aktivistin

                                                    Went to ML this morning with DH, the kids and my MIL - there were 4-5 people in line ahead of us when we got there (about 9:30am) and by the time we left it was lined up out the door. We picked up a loaf of blue cheese sourdough, some mexicano cookies, lemon shortbread and some chocolate croissants. The croissants were devoured in the parking lot on the way to the van - flaky, buttery, chocolate nirvana! We tucked in to the sourdough at lunch and it was a tangy delicious hit with everyone ages 2 to 75 :) (only a few teeny slices remain). Delectable!

                                                    1. re: aktivistin

                                                      L'Epicerie's macaroons are quite amazing I have to say. Had some salami as well, it was very, very good.

                                                      1. re: slingshotz

                                                        stuff from Manuel was good, l'Epicerie is to die for! I want to live upstairs, and just eat the crumbs!!! If I could only be so lucky! Try everything, AND the cornichons (little pickles). Those are extremely hard to find, that are any good, that is :) The terrines are absurd, never mind the foie gras torchon, and , and, and and.......GO. NOW. Yes, I'm in love.

                                                        1. re: hornvixen

                                                          Try the macroons, they are stupidly good. I have yet to have anything merely average from there yet, everything has been extremely good. Unfortunately I don't work for a rich O&G firm or I would be shopping there everyday....

                                                    2. Do they serve any sandwiches or other lunch type items?