Downtown Menlo Park gets a French patisserie


Debora Ferrand of Atherton, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who was raised in France, is opening her own patisserie in the former home of Sugar Shack on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Ms. Ferrand, who was born in Brazil, has been searching for a place to open a pastry shop since moving to Atherton about a year ago. She moved to the area with her family after living for several years in Texas, where she attended Le Cordon Bleu with an emphasis on baking and pastries.

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7 people like this
Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Of course, downtown gets another pastry & right next to Suzy's pastry shop as well ! Just like having Bow Wow
Meow across from the Pet Place ! When is the next drug store & hardware store going in ?

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Posted by Hurray!
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

That's wonderful! I hope it's high quality, similar to Prolific Oven or Bouchon in Yountville and differentiates itself from the more child geared taste palette and offerings of Suzy's.

6 people like this
Posted by senioracit
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Good news--another empty retail spot on Santa Cruz is being filled by a local entrepreneur (aka small business owner). Let's support her new venture as well as other local businesses and help keep our downtown vibrant and healthy.

8 people like this
Posted by Menlo Dude
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Actually this is NOT next to Suzy Cakes. But that's even better. This way you have time to consume your croissant as you walk to Suzy Cakes to purchase your butter and flour in a different form. This is great. It really is nice to have high quality food available in MP

5 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

pearl is a registered user.

I was born and raised in Menlo Park; lived there for 50 years; moved from Menlo 20 years ago, and haven't returned since. What happened to Pink's Pastry? That was THE place to go back in the day. It was with much anticipation we stood with others at the bakery counter, waiting to pick up the holiday pies we had ordered in advance OVER THE PHONE (a phone where you actually DIALED THE NUMBER of the person you wanted to reach). I know, I know...I'm a dinosaur, a relic from the past. ; )

3 people like this
Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Menlo Dude is right - it's not right next to SusieCakes. I think a patisserie is a great idea. It's good to have a bit more French influence in Menlo.

So far, some of the best key lime pies I've ever had have come from Draeger's and SusieCakes. Let's see what this place offers.

8 people like this
Posted by Curious
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Let's cheer on our local retailers and help them survive ! So happy to hear that the spot will be taken by someone with a dream. Instead of naysaying and negative reactions about how this shop may be redundant, we should give it a chance. Menlo Park needs shopkeepers like this.

3 people like this
Posted by Change
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jun 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

What does Menlo Park have that Redwood City doesn't? Nothing, what does Menlo have that Palo Alto doesn't? Nothing, unfortunately. What we refer to "downtown" in Menlo Park is a few blocks of stores that have been in business for 30+ years and are still paying off their loans. Paly and Redwood City have what we don't- space. Those two cities appeal to the eye. Menlo hasn't had much change, it's still that "quiet ghost town" as my daughter and her friends refer it to. The weekly farmers market, that's always a fun place to go to, and the various block parties that don't spark much attention.. Hopefully this business has the Bay talking about us.

4 people like this
Posted by Dana Hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Welcome to downtown Menlo Park, Debra. I look forward to enjoying your pastries. Your new place is exactly the kind we need to make Santa Cruz Avenue more pedestrian-friendly. There is plenty of room for specialty food retailers here. Good luck. Dana Hendrickson, Editor, Re-Imagine Menlo Park.

3 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

really? is a registered user.

Hurrah! May you choux always be light and your custard gooey. And please wipe your floor with the competition! We all want a reason not to go to Mayfield Bakery and patronize Palo Alto

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