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RIP Cannella Patisserie & Creperie [Detroit]

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To go along with the closing of Seldom Blues, here's another restaurant closing to make Detroit Hounds aware of:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100212...

Cannella Patisserie & Creperie in Birmingham has shut its doors effective Monday. Good-bye, Detroit's only haute patisserie.

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  1. That sucks.

    I have to wonder why the landlord didn't want to work with the owner on lease terms. It's not like there is a 0% vacancy rate, even in B'ham.

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    1. re: coney with everything

      The previous tenant was Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery and they also moved out because the landlord wouldn't work with the lease...Cannella moved in shortly after....maybe they already have someone who's willing to pay the price or they can sit on it. I can't believe this landlord let two good places leave!!!

      1. re: grouper

        Isn't that kind of the Birmingham mentality, though? The "cut off your nose to spite your face" mentality that's sort of akin to "holding onto your #@$% as if it were money"? I'm pretty sure that the owners of the strip mall you're referring to have enough money socked away from the good ol' days that they can afford to be heavy-handed with the way they treat their tenants.

        Not saying it's *right* or *good*, mind you...just saying that that seems to be the case all over that 'burb. For as swank as B'ham bills itself up to be, many of the landowners (and the city itself) do seem to be pretty bass-ackwards in their thinking sometimes. It's an odd way to attract business...but somehow it's continued even throughout this downtrend.

        Weird.

        1. re: boagman

          Well, if the owner wants to reopen somewhere, there's always Berkley, RO, or Ferndale. Loyal customers will follow and he can certainly get cheaper space.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Heck, yeah, right now they can take their pick. Anyone know how this is affecting their wholesale operation? I don't hang out in B'ham much, but I've often gotten Cannella's pastries at the Rowland Cafe in Detroit and liked them.

        2. re: grouper

          I didn't realize Ackroyd's used to be in that location. They relocated and are still doing really well.... hopefully the same happens with Cannella!

          1. re: jjspw

            The original Ackroyd's is the Redford store...but I think they had a good run in Birmingham.

      2. Hillers will still sell their pastries, hopefully they'll find another retail location.

        1. Absolutely the best french bread this side of Paris, France. What a shame. It was a jewel among chain restaurants. Please, Cannella, open somewhere close soon!