Le Pain Quotidien Coming to Montague Street?

A reader was walking by the long vacant former Jennifer Convertibles space at 121 Montague between Henry and Hicks, looked in the window, and saw this:

Table with some tools, a bottle of coke and a set of architectural drawings in the westmost vitrine. Title block legible enough to make out Le Pain Quotidien.

The popular French Belgian style boulangerie offers, along with bread and pastries: breakfasts featuring fruit and granola; lunch and snack items including soups, tartines (open faced sandwiches), quiches, cheeses, and salads; a variety of desserts; and beverages.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    EHinBH, Most people want to live in this city because it is not like “middle America” so why are you here? Personally, I loath malls and mall centric people. If you like the mall scene in Westchester so much why don’t you just move there?

  • Pierrepont

    I think this is a real step forward for Montague! And perhaps a dose of competition for our friends at Crumbs. (I adore this outfit’s open-faced tuna with tapenade and roasted red peppers. OK, and the gingersnaps. And the breads.)

    Will have to reroute my direct deposit once it opens, but c’est la guerre.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Buggs Bunny, Glad you’re a fan of the Arch. I was out of town for a while and busy with other projects. Now I’m back, whiners beware!

  • Master Of Middagh

    Gotta second Mr. Fudd on the brunch at Armando’s. I was there several weeks ago and it was pretty terrific. The food and service were great and the prices were perfect for what you got. Also, the menu seemed designed to have something for all types of eaters, not just the foo foo types who want to eat asparagus on a crust of bread. It beat Jack The Horse long past dead…

  • Nancy

    I should give Lassen a real run, I have never had soemthing from there that hasn’t tasted spoiled or stale. Its always good to have options

  • http://chucktaylorblog.blogspot.com/ nystrele

    FANTASTIC. so it’s a chain… what do you expect for a space that size on montague? it’s better than jennifer sitting empty for a few more years. and the joint offers free wireless, it’s a beautiful meeting place (at least in the city), nicely adorned and is quaint and delish. i can’t wait.

  • ruben

    LPQ would be a good fit for Montague Street. They have a decent menu, great soups, and it would be nice to finally have a bakery again in the Heights.

    Most of the LPQ do not have free WiFi, so the same schlubs who take up space at Starbucks for six hours a day wouldn’t dare go in the place.

  • Chris

    Stopped by today. Construction worker said they aim to open by Feb 20th.

  • 132 summit

    This and Hanco’s have really made a difference! any thoughts on “oh! my Pasta” now that they’ve been open a bit? aside from the silly name? I am really happy to have a casual brunch place that’s so close.

  • PromGirl

    ARMANDO’S actually does serve wabbit, in the firm of a Pasta with Rabbit Ragu which is quite good.
    We have been enjoying our occasional dinners at Armando’s. The food has been unifirmy good, especially the pastas, salads, and fish, as well as the delicious off-the-menu items like light as a feather Fried Zucchini and Shrimp Scampi & Shrimp Fra Diavolo.

    To the posters whining about LPQ coming to Momtague Street- if restaurants had to depend on what you all quaintly refer to as “locals”, they would go broke.

    The people with the means in the Heights do not for the most part spend money in the Heights, and are, well, quite frugal. Mostly dine at home with family, or at dinner parties at friends’ homes, with the occasional dinner out at a fine dining establishment in Manhattan.

  • PromGirl

    Oh! My Pasta! despite the silly name has really fine food. Wonderful pasta made by hand by an Italian chef (from Italy) who uses flour imported from Italy as well as other authentic Italian ingredients.

    It is owned by long time Heights restaurateur and developers Frank and Hope Garcia. It will be even nicer when the warm weather arrives, and the charming outdoor garden opens.

  • PromGirl

    How patronizing and condescending!
    In many ways Brooklyn Heights is a small town, where everyone knows everyone else. Nothing wrong with Middle America, the heartland if our great country, but NYC is where we work, and the Heights is a better place to live and raise a family.

    FYI Most people don’t live in Brooklyn Heights for the “scene” or restaurants. We live here for the quality if life, the peace and quiet, the relative safety, the beautiful historic homes, the quiet, tree lined streets, the excellent schools and churches. The social and community life, and the chance to play tennis all year long.
    Most everything closes before 11, no bars, no noise, no crime.

  • Lindsey

    This would be wonderful if it’s true. I would of course prefer a non chain bakery, but the neighborhood is missing a good bakery, and LPQ does a wonderful job. Love the long community tables too. Great for a large group of friends, or to just pop in for a warm bowl of soup of a coffee.

  • DW718

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned the impact it will have on Connecticut Muffin.

  • Ginny

    DW-Re Connecticut Muffin, I’m hoping it can survive (even though it also is a chain). The coffee is good (better than Starbucks) and the sweets are delicious, but I don’t go there often enough to make a difference in its longevity; but given a choice, I will go there rather than PQ. It is a shame that the rental prices preclude “mom’s and pop’s” establishments, not just in our neighborhood but throughout the city. I was speaking to the owner of a coffee shop on Madison Ave. in the 80’s who told me her rent was $27,000 a month, including the taxes. The Way of the World, I guess.