Oui, yes, you can now get fresh croissants, crepes and brightly colored macarons in Buffalo!
Pastry by Camille is now open at 1416 Hertel Avenue, serving French pastries made by a chef from Brittany, France. Camille Le Caër previously worked at Giancarlo's and Lombardo's, but now he's creating a space that's his own. He got his start in the culinary world at 13 years old and in pastry at 15 years old at the Ritz Carlton in Paris. "I didn't choose to come to Buffalo, but I made the decision to stay because of the people," says Le Caër. He relocated from New York City after his wife announced she was having a baby girl.
Pastry by Camille's Maison Le Caër is both a boulangerie-pâtisserie and an art space. Camille's wife, Alexandria has a Masters in Art History from Brooklyn College and will manage the art displayed inside the cafe.
The charming chef cracks jokes often, saying he loves Buffalo because of the weather. At just 24 years old, he's already talking about working with a commercial chef and creating warehouse operations to keep up with the demand in his restaurant. Lines have already snaked 100 people deep waiting for his small-batch baguettes and croissants. He's working on new projects, already incorporating brioche and plans to create small rustic dinner options like roasts.
Hertel Avenue has been booming, with 21 new businesses popping up since the beginning of 2017 according to the Hertel Business Association. This new bakery will offer freshly made crepes, croissants, baguettes, lemon meringue pies and seasonal tartes.
The cafe-style space is open Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can find more information here.