First Look Inside! Le Pain Quotidien Opening Next Week

The new Le Pain Quotidien at 121 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights is scheduled to open its doors Monday, April 16, according to a conversation BHB had with the “bakery and communal table” manager this afternoon. He’s a local who lives in Carroll Gardens, and says in his five years with the company, he has been pleading for a Brooklyn location. Delivered! (See first interior photos below the jump.)

The manager also shared that because of the property line of the building, outdoor seating for up to 18 is available along the storefront’s sidewalk, with no permit required. Inside, the restaurant seats about 100. In addition, the Heights menu will offer items that aren’t available at Le Pain Quotidien’s Manhattan locations, including Six-Vegetable Vegan quiche, Quiche Lorraine, Vegetarian Quiche, Warm Moroccan Chicken Salad, Vegan Seared Quinoa Cake and Mushroom Lasagna. Add that to a selection of soups, tartines, salads, platters, breads & pastries, breakfast dishes and organic beverages.

We’ve come a long way since the first whiff of Le Pain Quotidien opening in January at the long-deserted former location of Jennifer Convertibles.

(Photos: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Jorale-man

    Looks nice. I’m glad they’re having sidewalk seating too. That should add some needed street life to that stretch of Montague.

  • EHinBH

    Great addition to the Hood. I hope people go there and keep it open…

  • stuart

    love it!
    let he complaints begin from the “there’s nothing on Montague” chorus.

  • lois

    Can’t wait for Karl’s review.

  • C.

    “let he complaints begin from the “there’s nothing on Montague” chorus.”

    Seriously? An LPQ and you’re proclaiming Montague is bustling? I’ll keep on trecking to Atlantic and Smith for entertainment/food.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I’m a Le Pain regular at Battery Park and Grand Street and welcome them with open arms. The sidewalk seating is perfect for the morning sun which moves from east to south to west and will provide excellent sunlight to enjoy my morning coffee with NY Times. Did I ever mention that I love Brooklyn Heights.

  • KISS

    Finally, a place that will make me stop missing the old Leaf ‘n Bean! I have a Heights food history question that maybe someone out there can answer: When I lived in the north Heights in the late ’70s, there was a bakery/weekend breakfast/brunch place on Henry, on the block either north or south of Cranberry. I loved going there for omelets on weekend mornings, but I can’t remember what it was called. Does anyone remember it, or the name of the place?

  • Flashlight Worthy


    The outdoor seating will be lovely but don’t you think it’s time you returned to Iris Cafe?

  • Matthew Parker

    Ah, the old Leaf ‘n Bean. Great Saturday brunch, and amazing waffles! Nostalgia, sigh.

  • Livingston

    Passed by yesterday and saw the “in training” sign out front, so figured the opening was nigh. Also thought about how perfect the timing is — they are opening w/ a nice big glass storefront, perfect for contemplating Montague St., just as Starbucks is about to close theirs.The potential outdoor seating makes it even better.

  • harumph

    As I walked by yesterday, the new staff was beaming as they left the training session – and when my kids asked them about the opening day their questions were met with excitement and friendly responses – only problem is that now my kids want to be one of the FIRST ones there on Monday morning!

  • Big Dave

    Even the back garden at Leaf and Bean! [sigh!]
    But LPQ is most welcome!
    Now I wish Lassen & Hennig would go back to their deli roots and not be so convenience food oriented. Remember when you could get fresh nova and other smoked fish sliced to order?

  • She’s Crafty

    I still miss the sour cream and mushroom omlettes from Leaf n Bean.

  • Orange Oscar

    Fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

  • mommy

    Glad to see it has opened!