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Cannelle Patisserie Is Bringing French Pastries to Downtown Detroit [Updated]

Chef Matt Knio is opening a second outpost in Capitol Park

Pain au Chocolat at Cannelle Patisserie in Birmingham.
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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Birmingham’s Cannelle Patisserie is expanding to downtown Detroit. The shop, known for its pristine French pastries, revealed on Monday evening on Instagram that it is opening a new outpost called Cannelle Coffee & Pastries at 45 West Grand River in Capitol Park.

Cannelle Patisserie and its wholesale bakery counterpart in Hamtramck, Golden Wheat Bakery, are helmed by chef Matt Knio. His breads and pastries are featured on cafe and restaurant menus throughout metro Detroit.

Knio opened his first shop, Cannella Patisserie, in Southfield in 2003 and eventually moved to Birmingham where he operated for several years before closing the business in 2008, according to Hour Detroit. He revived the bakery at North Eton Street in Birmingham in 2013 and it’s been going strong ever since. Last winter, Cannelle participated in a holiday pop-up shop organized by Bedrock Real Estate in downtown Detroit, which was perhaps a test-run for this latest expansion.

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Knio’s Birmingham outpost is known for offering a wide array of breads, pastries, cookies, and desserts ranging from large-format macarons to eclairs and croissants. That restaurant also offers sandwiches and salads. Eater has reached out to Knio for more details on the Detroit cafe and patisserie.

Cannelle’s new space, owned by Bedrock Real Estate, is situated kitty corner to the Urban Bean Co. and across the street from forthcoming burger restaurant Loverboy. It still appears to be in the demolition phase and doesn’t currently feature any wraps advertising Cannelle. Stay tuned for more updates on the expansion.

Update, 10/4, 4:45 p.m.: Reached by Eater, Cannelle Patisserie’s owner Matt Knio confirms that he is opening a new location in downtown Detroit in 2018. “I’ve been witnessing what’s happening downtown and I just want to be a part of it,” Knio says of the expansion.

The shop will seat around 25 customers inside with an additional 20 seats on sidewalk patio. It will also offer a similar menu to the Birmingham location, but with a few as-of-yet-unspecified items exclusive to Detroit. The restaurant will have a counter service format where patrons place their orders and receive a number to take to their tables. Cannelle Coffee & Pastries will also likely accept phone orders for patrons on the go. The shop is expected to debut in March.

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