After three years of selling baguettes and macaroons, the French bakery La Boulangerie (@LaBoulangerie1) closed its Logan Square location in December 2013. Now, a plan is underway to relocate the bakery in the neighborhood this summer through an online Kickstarter campaign.
Originally introduced to the Logan Square community through the Farmer’s Market, La Boulangerie owners fell in love with the area around the Square and opened the bakery’s doors at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard. Since its beginnings in Logan Square, the bakery expanded to the Lakeview neighborhood, where it remains open today.
They say things are “cheaper by the dozen,” but La Boulangerie found that croissants are not always desirable in that capacity.
The bakery’s lease agreement at its former Logan Square location prohibited the bakery from selling individual croissants.
This winter, the bakery closed due to legal reasons. The company could not discuss due to a non-disclosure agreement.
La Boulangerie Looks Forward
This month, La Boulangerie plans to begin serving from a food truck, which will travel in Logan Square and throughout Chicago serving breakfast and lunch. Owners say they plan to expand from its former restricted menu in Logan Square to include coffee, sandwiches and singular croissants.
La Boulangerie owners currently are looking for a new location in the neighborhood, and say they plan to open in a few months.
Last month, the bakery turned to online fundraising platform Kickstarter to raise $80,000 for the new location. Maggy Legros, director of operations at Cook Au Vin and manager of La Boulangerie, says that although it usually takes nearly $200,000 to open a bakery, they are storing the equipment from the closed location to help defray start-up costs.
The French bakery’s Logan Square location served 3,000 customers per month. Many neighbors say they look forward to being able to visit the local favorite again.
“After the first bite I fell in love. I went to the Logan Square farmer’s markets every Sunday in the summer and would always stop by and grab a Baguette or two,” says Anna Labat, a former French resident. “[I live] only two stops away from the old La Boulangerie.”