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Belgian Café Set To Open
by Melissa Bailey | Aug 20, 2013 3:33 pm
Posted to: Arts & Culture, Dining, Food, Downtown
A new Belgian café under construction on Elm Street plans to start selling fresh-baked, homemade pastries and baguettes to the Broadway shopping district by the end of August.
Workers were busy Tuesday preparing the café, Maison Mathis, at 304 Elm St.
The café is a partnership between the local owners of Rudy’s bar and a Belgian company called Creneau. Creneau has established Belgian beer cafés all over the world, but not in the U.S., said Omer Ipek (pictured above), a co-owner of Rudy’s and Maison Mathis.
Now Creneau is trying a new concept, a Belgian breakfast café. Maison Mathis will be the first such shop to open in the States, according to Ipek.
It will feature homemade Belgian waffles, sandwiches, salad, bread, and pastries, made in collaboration with Belgian Master Pâtissier Stefan Elias. The food will be made in-house, “a la maison.”
“Everything is from scratch,” Ipek said.
Ipek said he plans to open the shop at the end of the month, to catch the wave of Yale students returning from summer break.
Landlord Yale University Properties issued a press release Tuesday calling Maison Mathis “the perfect fit” for the spot, which sits at the border of the Broadway shopping district, at the edge of Yale’s campus.
Yale brought in Maison Mathis after booting international chain cafe Au Bon Pain from its space across the street at Broadway and Elm. ABP’s former home remains under renovation; Yale University Properties has not secured a new tenant for the space, according to spokesperson Carin Keane.
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How about a bartaco or similar in the old ABP? Rooftop patio.
I’m glad we lost a national chain to gain a place that’s at least co-locally owned.
I hope Maison Mathis is good. The new Rudy’s took a little getting used to, but nowadays it’s my favorite bar here, and one of few places that seems to be a good common ground for a diverse crowd. So I think Ipek knows what he’s doing.
As an aside, I do wish there were more establishments opening up in New Haven that WEREN’T trying to cater to the Yale crowd. Not saying Ipek is aiming for this specifically with the new place, but I hope at the very least it has some atmosphere and is cool beyond simply being a ‘friendly’ place where students can take their parents, or something.
New Haven could use a lot more character in its scene.
(I’m not anti-Yale, I just take issue with more and more establishments perpetuating a play-it-safe, cater-to-the-high-brow idea, while there’s meanwhile a severe shortage of quirkiness and artsyness in this town that ultimately translates to lameness, all the way to the well-intentioned Arts & Ideas festival. I enjoy the high-brow and the quirky; we just need more variety and a scene more appealing to cool young people who aren’t just here for school.)
Clearly I could go on, so I’ll just call it right there. Bit of a rant!
i work on broadway and there has been a lot of rumors of a Sephora or a Brooks Brothers opening up in that corner. My co-workers saw a Sephora representative and said she confirmed it but who knows. I personally think a Sephora would be amazing, the closest full size one is in the westfarms mall. I think it could attract a lot of shoppers.