Late last Friday, François Payard HQ released some breaking news.
Payard, who was forced to close his much-loved Lexington Avenue flagship in May 2009 following a steep rent hike, will open a new patisserie at 1330 Third Avenue, near East 76th Street. The chef is planning to open the location sometime in the spring, and plans to serve both pastry and savory items, as well as wine and champagne.
In the meantime, Payard has closed his shop in the Mauboussin store and turned his pop-up boutique in the Plaza Hotel into the permanent location of his Payard Chocolate Bar.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 10, 2011