A new bakery opening in Deep Ellum will bring a beloved NOLA treat to town. Called Le Bon Temps, it's a shop dedicated to three perfect things: beignets, coffee, and ice cream.
Some Dallas restaurants serve beignets, and Dallas also has a "Beignet Bus" food truck dedicated to beignets. But Le Bon Temps is a first.
The shop comes from Eric Khozindar, a native of New Orleans who wanted to bring the treasures of his hometown to Dallas in a prototypical New Orleans-style shop you might find in the French Quarter. Deep Ellum feels the closest to that.
It's opening at 2932 Main St., across from Monkey King Noodle and Niwa Japanese.
"It's just a little space, 600 square feet, but I wanted to be in Deep Ellum and it's the perfect size for what I want to do," Khozindar says. "I only serve three things: beignets, coffee, and ice cream, so those three things better be damn good."
He worked with consulting chef Pierre Trevino to devise not one but two varieties of beignets.
"We do your classic beignet, very much like what you'd get at Café Du Monde, but then we have another I'm proud of that we call 'Le Boneignet,'" he says. "It's a little flakier — a little more 'croissant-y.' It takes much longer to make. The proofing time is three days long. We'll only have a limited amount every day."
They're doing some NOLA-style coffee drinks, but they're going local as far as suppliers.
"We're working with White Rock Coffee, we love them," Khozindar says. "We'll have a regular drip coffee and a chicory coffee. We'll also have espresso drinks, lattes, and a café au lait."
For ice cream, he's working with The Sweet House, an ice cream shop based in Rowlett, and they've crafted six flavors, most with a fun Big Easy theme, including pecan-praline, bananas foster, creole cream cheese, and lemon icebox, plus special flavors themed to important holidays, namely, Mardi Gras.
"They custom-made for us a special Mardi Gras ice cream called king cake," he says.
Even with a small space, they did up the decor right with a French Quarter theme including plaster and subway tile with distinctive blue grout. Their storefront has glass windows with "Beignets" stenciled on the facade.
They'll do a soft opening on Saturday October 12, followed quickly by a grand opening on October 13.
The restaurant will open with expansive hours: 9 am for those beignet-and-coffee mornings, staying open until 11 pm Sunday-Wednesday, and a bar-friendly 3 am on Thursdays-Saturdays — so New Orleans.