Tantalizing news came out back in December: A French bakery offering "quality baked goods made from scratch by classically trained chefs at neighborhood prices" was going to open in the former Amsterdam Cafe space on Columbus Avenue. Now, that day is finally almost here. Café Madeleine will open "hopefully within a week or so," according to a press release.
Chef/owner Frederic Robert, a James Beard Award winner, spent a long time in partnership with renowned restaurateur Alain Ducasse, working at various Michelin-starred properties throughout France and beyond. More recently, Robert was executive pastry chef at PB Boulangerie & Bistro in Wellfleet. His sous chef from there, Hana Quon, will be pastry chef at Café Madeleine (which is named for Robert's mother).
In addition to a big selection of French baked goods, the cafe will also serve light lunches (salads, sandwiches, etc.) Take a look at a sample menu on Boston Magazine's website. There will be six counter seats to start — and possibly outdoor seating in the future. Café Madeleine will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
· Cafe Madeleine set to open in the South End [BM]
· All coverage of Cafe Madeleine on Eater [~EBOS~]