A creperie in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner has its sights set on an expansion to Boston’s growing Seaport District neighborhood. Paris Creperie (278 Harvard St., Brookline) will bring its French crepes to 60 Seaport Blvd. later this year, and it’s adding a stacked cocktail selection to its repertoire.
Where the original Paris Creperie finds its success as a cozy cafe, the Seaport location will take on the role of “crepe and cocktail bar,” according to Nick Mallia, a 15-year employee at Paris Creperie who has led its catering business for more than six years and leads the charge on the Seaport expansion.
“I’m pretty jazzed,” he says. “I have been waiting for something like this for the 15 years that I have been working for this company.”
The landlords of the Seaport building reached out to the Paris Creperie team to propose an expansion. As Mallia tells it, a member of the team had been a longtime fan of the Brookline cafe and felt it would fit well in the building, which is also home to Tuscan Kitchen and the Grand.
The Paris Creperie team is currently working on permitting to begin building out the space, with hopes of opening in late fall 2018. The restaurant will be situated in an open foyer area, with a peninsular bar and surrounding sit-down tables, according to Mallia.
“It’s going to be a very different concept [from the Brookline location],” Mallia says. Five of the most popular savory and sweet crepes from Brookline will transfer to the new menu, which will also include soups, plated appetizers, and a varied dessert program.
Despite changes, Paris Creperie won’t abandon what’s worked in Brookline. The Nutella frozen hot chocolate will carry over, for one.
“We’re sort of paring down the variety of options, picking our best ones,” Mallia says, in order to continue upping the quality of the menu and array of offerings.
The Seaport menu will include omelets, again in the French style, which Mallia envisions will make for a good afternoon bite with a glass of wine. He anticipates the restaurant will be a place where people linger for a few drinks.
Seaport’s restaurant will also serve beer, and local cocktail legend Brother Cleve will craft a cordial-based cocktail list.
“So many of the French cocktails are already only cordial-based,” Mallia says. “There are already so many full bars around there that we want to be niche, but it’s going to be high-quality stuff.”
Mallia, who is heavily involved in Brookline’s Chamber of Commerce, says that he is excited to venture into a new neighborhood and looks forward to getting involved in the Seaport’s community.
While the timeline is far from set, Paris Creperie could open in the Seaport late this fall. In the meantime, head to Brookline for Nutella frozen hot chocolate and crepes galore.