Coming Soon: Le Pain Quotidien at 65 Bleecker

Posted on: May 4th, 2010 at 6:33 am by

A taste of Belgium is coming soon to Bleecker Street, right at the terminus of Crosby.  With a foothold in over fifteen countries worldwide, the Le Pain Quotidien franchise is slated to open yet another city location at 65 Bleecker Street.  This outpost is actually lucky number 21.  Two signs hanging in the floor-to-ceiling windows advertise the forthcoming occupant.

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Le Pain Quotidien (meaning “daily bread” in French) is a communal brunch bakery which offers a menu replete with breads, soups, salads, and pastries.  Pretty much a fancier Au Bon Pain, which actually has a neighborhood location just around the corner on Broadway. Competition!

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More interesting, however, is the fabulously ornate building itself.  They just don’t make them like this anymore.  Originally known as the Bayard Building, this NoHo landmark was built between 1897 and 1899.  Designed by famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, its steel skeleton was a precursor to the modern skyscraper. Its true charm is the facade, dressed in ornamental terra-cotta (floral flourishes) and further accentuated by mullions and pilasters.

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And here is a drawing of the building from 1902:

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[Photo Credit: bredlo]

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