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Robbery forces new Chorlton patisserie Le Petit Paris to close just six days after opening

It's not the first time Le Petit Paris has been hit by setbacks, either

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 28th December 2021

A new Chorlton patisserie has been forced to close its doors just six days after opening to the public, following a burglary that took place in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Le Petit Paris had just opened its doors in Chorlton next door to Tea Hive and had already made a great impression on residents – but now its owner has since been forced to close again after an early morning robbery took place at the shop on Monday 27 December.

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The cafe, which serves a range of coffee and delicate, halal French patisseries including pain au chocolat, tarte aux fraises, forêt noire, red fruit pavlova and brioche feuilleté, only opened to the public on 21 December following months of interested inquiries on its Instagram page.

Image: Le Petit Paris

But now, its owner has been forced to close up shop again after thieves broke into the shop and stole a number of items – taking advantage of the quiet streets caused by Christmas holidays and the extended Bank Holiday.

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Sharing the news to the cafe’s Instagram page, the cafe wrote: “Someone breaking at the shop this morning… We got Rob few thing.. I will not open for few day or 1 week,,, Sorry for that.”

It’s not the first time Le Petit Paris has been forced to close through no fault of its own, either.

Image: Le Petit Paris

Earlier this year, in February, the cafe shared that the opening would have to be pushed back after someone had set fire to the shop.

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At the time, owner Johanna said “It’s heartbreaking to me because it was a dream for me to open a shop and also because we were very close to the opening.

“I was very excited to meet everyone and started a new adventure but it’s not gonna happen for the moment. I would like to say thank you to everyone for your support and your trust.”

Image: Le Petit Paris
Image: Le Petit Paris

Chorltonites have already rallied around the cafe, with one sharing the news to a local Facebook group in a bid to encourage other residents to help support Le Petit Paris when it reopens its doors next week.

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Writing to fellow residents, Amal Kathrada said: “Went last Thursday and the food was Amazing and the service was Superb. Unforunately, they got broken into last night so will have to close for a few days. Please try and support local businesses.”

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Locals were quick to comment their support, with one saying “Been waiting for this to open will be a frequent visitor I hope.”

Another added, “I’ll definitely stop by” whilst a third said, “Looks like there’s a master patisserie chef somewhere on the premises…”

To keep up with Le Petit Paris’ news and for the cafe’s new opening times, make sure to follow them on Instagram for further updates.

Feature image – Le Petit Paris / Official Pay Box