This photo was prominently placed on the Coffee Shop’s Chef’s Wall. Before chef Michel Richard opened restaurants across the country, he was a pastry chef and the owner of an eponymous pastry shop which was located on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles.   There he served the distinctive pastries made famous by his mentor, Gaston Lenotre.
I worked there in 1978, but I can still remember the wonderfully unique tastes of his caramelized Napoleon (which stayed crispy even when refrigerated), his Opera Cake, Baba au Rhum, Raspberry Tart, Chocolate Mousse, the Chausson Pommes (the caramelized apples baking in the kitchen would perfume the shop all morning), the Country Bread, baked daily, the Roast Beef Salad with chopped chives, the Tourte Milanese. But mostly I remember the croissants. These were perfect French croissants that crackled as you broke them open.
Imagine my surprise to discover Maison Richard. a carefully constructed reincarnation of the original Michel Richard. Can’t wait to try it out.

Michel Richard

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