When Coquette Patisserie
opened its brick-and-mortar store in 2014, it immediately became the darling of the Cleveland pastry scene. Already people had come to know and appreciate chef Britt-Marie Culey and her authentic French pastries from her six or so years at the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square, where her weekly appearances were the highlight for many sweets shoppers.
The shop (11607 Euclid Ave., 216-331-2841), however, became so much more, thanks in equal parts to husband and partner Shane, who paired those pitch-perfect sweet and savory items with a killer beer, wine and cocktail program. Hours spent at the intimate University Circle boîte seemed to slip right by thanks to bottomless glasses of Champagne, just-shucked oysters, dreamy French pastries and the kind of conversation that has been replaced by droning televisions.
Sadly, all that comes to an end this month when the Culeys lower the curtain on the shop and say “au revoir.” After long deliberation, the owners have decided to pull the plug after four good, but trying years. Coquette will close its doors on April 28 — but not with a whimper but with a bang thanks to Un Fête d’Adieu, a day-long celebration.
“The time and sacrifice required to nurture and grow a hospitality business are
hard to quantify,” the Culeys explain. “We’ve given everything we had to Coquette to help make the up-and-coming Uptown District a destination all while raising two small children. Over the last four years, we remained committed to our concept: to offer the highest quality product, unparalleled craftsmanship, and the most remarkable experience possible.
We couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished, but after careful evaluation, it’s time to end this chapter.”
In honor of its loyal customers, Coquette Patisserie will host an all-day bash from 10 a.m. until midnight on its last day of business. Customers are invited to enjoy one last taste of chef Culey’s sweet treats and savory creations at the shop and, of course, to say farewell.
“Coquette was my flower,” Britt laments. “I planted her seed, nourished her, watched her grow and be appreciated by many. I will remember her beauty and happiness that she instilled in our community. She gave me the platform to dream and create. I thank all of our loving community for embracing Coquette and sharing a wonderful four years with us.”
Culey recently accepted a position as Pastry Chef for Levy Restaurants, the company that handles all foodservice operations at the Huntington Convention Center.
Management says that all custom orders for future events placed before April 28 will be fulfilled. Gift cards must be redeemed by close of business on April 28.