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Downtown Menlo Park gets a French patisserie

Uploaded: Jun 22, 2015

A woman raised in France who later graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and now lives in Atherton is opening her own patisserie in the former home of Sugar Shack on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Debora Ferrand, who was actually born in Brazil but raised in France, 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.

Sugar Shack, downtown's whimsical and vibrantly colored candy shop, closed this fall after eight years of business at 816 Santa Cruz Ave.

Ferrand described the shop as "sophisticated but not too fancy -- very Parisian feeling." Mademoiselle Colette Patisserie (named after a family member who passed away) will have all the classic French pastries -- croissants, pain au chocolat, macarons and more -- as well as lunch items like salads and quiche. The shop will serve breakfast and lunch, plus brunch and "high tea" on Sundays. All food will be organic and locally sourced, Ferrand said.

She's planning to remodel an outdoor area in the back and also serve wine and champagne.

Ferrand said she's hoping to be open in August or September. Until then, head to the shop's Facebook page for some tantalizing photos of her pastries.