Paneterie, a French bakery/café, opened last week on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Thierry Beaud, managing partner of the nearby Pistache French bistro and PB Catch in Palm Beach, is behind it.
Though it has a stocked pastry case – examples of traditional Napoleans, croissant, macaron and éclairs line the shelves, there is a difference in a paneterie and a patisserie, Beaud said.
“A paneterie is where you sell bread from and it’s the place where you store the bread – the word pantry is derived from the word,” he explained.
Long loaves are available – along with sandwiches such as a crocque monsieur, brie and ham, salads, and the locally roasted Oceana coffee.
What made him open the casual shop with a French bistro right around the corner?
“I have a big sweet tooth,” he said, laughing. “For me, it is a necessity. I grew up with them – all around there were shops like this.”
He explained the “fourth meal” served in France. “After school, we always had something sweet –some treat. This was our fourth meal.
“There was no place downtown to have a nice pastry. And, it’s always been in my mind to open one.”
To do so, he is partnering with the patisserie in Palm Beach, Patrick Leze Patisserie. Leze, who holds the French master pastry chef distinction, is creating the foods at Paneterie.
“It’s more upscale in Palm Beach, with homemade chocolates and macarons. It’s more street-friendly on Clematis,” Beaud said. “There’s an accent on sandwiches, baked goods, breads. It will be grab-and-go so foods are ready for those in a hurry, as they are in France.”
Sandwiches and pastries will be prepared fresh daily – they have a one-day shelf life. “We will make special sandwiches to order, but if customers don’t want to wait, they won’t have to,” he said.
Seating is limited to a counter with stools and outside tables under an awning.
Paneterie, 205 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; paneterie.com. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.