June 30, 2014 By Michael Florio
Long Island City is in for a treat.
Cannelle Patisserie, a popular French bakery that opened in Jackson Heights more than six years ago, will be branching out into Hunters Point this September.
The bakery, which will be located on the ground floor of The Maximilian building at 5-11 47th Ave, will offer cakes, pastries, macaroons and sandwiches—much like its Jackson Heights location, according to co-owner Jean-Claude Perennou.
Perennou, a French native who lives in Long Island City, has plenty of industry experience.
Prior to opening Cannelle Patisserie, Perennou was a pastry chef at the Waldorf Astoria for more than a decade—and has worked at several restaurants in New York and Paris. He attended Le Paraclet, a culinary school in France.
Perennou said he and his business partner wanted to expand into Long Island City since there is no other French bakery in the neighborhood and that they would be filling a niche.
Furthermore, he said, the new bakery would not be too far from the Jackson Heights location, so they could travel back and forth with relative ease.
Perennou said he looks forward to having a location where people will be able walk to the store. Currently, he said most people have to drive to get to the Jackson Heights bakery.
The new bakery will remain open later than a conventional dessert store, he said, to accommodate the late-night crowds. He said he is considering staying open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
“We are looking forward to opening in LIC and eager to start,” he said.