Ceci-Cela Patisserie is Opening a New Cafe Next to the Bowery Ballroom
Well now. This is totally unexpected.
Ceci-Cela, the well-regarded French patisserie headquartered on Spring Street, is crossing the Bowery divide to open a new location on the Lower East Side. The bakery-cafe will soon take control of SMC Stone at 14 Delancey, long peddled on the rental market for a retail suitor (at least since 2011). Seems like a fitting match for the ornately sculpted storefront.
The branded banner placed in the front window explains it all; as do the complementary “moving out – clearance” posters for SMC Stone. Nevertheless, employees deny something is happening here. If and when this new spot opens, they’ll be joining a dynamic block dominated by the Bowery Ballroom and its sidecar bar One Mile House.
Pastry chef Laurent Dupal first opened Ceci-Cela at 55 Spring back in 1992. It’s consistently voted as offering one of the best croissants in the city. Twenty-three years later, the time was apparently ripe for expansion.