We’ve got good news for Logan Squareites who never stopped mourning La Boulangerie’s departure: The French bakery is returning to the neighborhood after a long, macaron-less four years.
La Boulangerie is set to open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the former home of Butterfat Studios tattoo shop, 3129 W. Logan Boulevard, serving many of the same offerings the bakery is known for, including freshly made breads, pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and coffee.
From 2010 to 2014, La Boulangerie called a storefront at the corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue home. The beloved bakery made headlines, not only for its signature pastries and freshly baked breads, but also for getting tangled up in an odd controversy with its neighbor New Wave Coffee.
Under a noncompete clause, New Wave forbade the bakery from selling coffee and only allowed it to sell croissants a dozen at a time. It’s unclear how the controversy factored into the closing, but manager Maggy Legros acknowledged that the agreement likely hurt sales.
Last year, when news surfaced that La Boulangerie was planning to return to Logan Square, Legros called the New Wave controversy “water under the bridge.” There will be no restrictions at the new location since the bakery won’t be sharing a landlord with New Wave, as it did from 2010 to 2014.
After opening day, the hours of operation (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) might change, depending on the flow of customers, according to Legros. The Logan Square location is the bakery’s third, which operates locations in Ravenswood and Lakeview.
Stay tuned for more details.