If for you there are never enough macarons, then it'll be good news that another purveyor of the pastel French cookie is coming to town. Le Macaron, a growing macaron maker from Sarasota, Florida, is opening its first store in Texas, at the Stonebriar Centre in Frisco.
According to a spokesperson for Stonebriar, Le Macaron will open in March. Its arrival follows the news that 'Lette Macarons, a Beverly Hills shop, will open in Southlake this spring.
Le Macaron French Pastries began as a dream of Rosalie Guillem and her daughter, Audrey Guillem-Saba, who moved to the United States from France in the early 2000s. Desiring to share their homeland treat, they worked with pastry chef Didier Saba (Audrey's husband) to create their own recipes. They opened their first French pastry shop in Sarasota in 2009, and began franchising in 2012.
They now have more than 40 locations, in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Puerto Rico.
Their menu includes 20 flavors, such as Belgian chocolate, coconut, Colombian coffee, raspberry, black currant, rose, salted caramel, and lavender white chocolate, plus limited-edition seasonal macarons. They're flavored with real ingredients like vanilla beans and lemon zest, not extracts.
Like most macarons, these have no preservatives and are gluten-free, one of the factors that has helped turn macarons into a hot trend.
In addition to the cookies, Le Macaron does gourmet chocolates, specialty European-style coffee, classic French pastries, candies, and "French gelato" — an interesting item considering that gelato is usually "Italian."
Stonebriar is getting pretty sweet: Carlo's Bakery, of Cake Boss fame, just opened a kiosk there on February 4.