Warda Pâtisserie, the business behind some of Detroit’s most stunning wholesale tarts and pastries, is getting ready to settling down in its very own bakery space. Founder and pastry chef Warda Bouguettaya confirmed this week that Warda Pâtisserie will begin cohabiting with cafe and arts space Trinosophes at 1464 Gratiot Ave. in Eastern Market.
Bouguettaya, who started her business through the Corktown Farmer’s Market in 2016, says she’s looking forward to growing her relationship with Trinosophes. The cafe first began selling her internationally-influence tarts and pastries from its counter a year ago and has developed a close relationship with Warda Pâtisserie since then through events like a Valentine’s Day dessert pop-up.
“It was actually a natural transition,” Bouguettaya says of her agreement to share space with Trinosophes. Both she and the owners of the cafe share a similar philosophy about serving “honest, high-quality, and locally-sourced food,” she says. As part of the deal, Warda Pâtisserie will share a kitchen space with Trinosophes’ cafe and the exisitng seating area but will operate a separate bakery counter out of the existing storefront.
Bouguettaya says that she plans to operate as a bakery by day and perhaps transition into a dessert bar in the evenings. Warda Pâtisserie will also continue its wholesale and catering business out of the space.
Along with the permanent storefront, Warda Pâtisserie is also growing its list of baked goods. Customers can expect seasonal tarts and cakes — served by-the-slice or whole — alongside breads. Bouguettaya is also particularly excited to introducing more Algerian pastries to Detroit such as date-honey makroud and vegan griwesh made with roasted sesame seeds, lemon, and orange blossom water syrup.“It is going to be a continuation of the celebration of my Algerian roots and celebration of my travels [around the world],” Bouguettaya says.
Bouguettaya is currently in the process of designing her counter space as well as hiring staff, purchasing equipment, and testing out new recipes. The bakery space is expected to debut this fall.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the pastries could be found at the Farmer’s Hand and MOCAD, but this is not currently the case.