Monday, August 19, 2013

Interview: Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien opened up in the Moutarde space just a couple of months ago. We thought it was time to catch up with their General Manager Casey Knott, to learn more about this cool new spot:

1. Welcome to Fifth Avenue! Since you just opened, tell us a little about Le Pain Quotidien.

Le Pain Quotidien began as an organic bakery in Belgium. We have since expanded our menu to include shade grown Peruvian coffee, salads, tartines, soups, and breakfast and dinner entrees. We pride ourselves on being organic, simple, and sustainable. We source local produce and dairy whenever possible. LPQ also serves fruits and vegetables when they are at the height of ripeness so our menu changes frequently to reflect the flavors of the current season. All of our food is made fresh each day and many left over items are donated to shelters and churches through out the city. We also offer a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free menu items.

2. How has it been going, so far?

It has been going really great so far! We are enjoying to lull of summer because we have been able to really connect with our guests. We already have an unbelievable number of regular guests, some stop in more than once a day!

3. Le Pain Quotidien has multiple locations in the city but it feels like a local, Fifth Avenue spot. What attracted the company to Fifth Avenue in Park Slope?

LPQ has been hoping to open here for quite a while. Park Slope and LPQ have a common interest in sustainable living and healthy food choices. We try to provide options that add to the diversity of 5th Ave without detracting from the existing beauty and energy of the street and the people. We want to be a part of 5th Ave, not just a place of business.

4. What does Le Pain Quotidien have planned for Fifth Avenue over the coming months?

We will have patio seating available in a few short weeks! We should also receive our liquor permit any day now. We will be serving wine, champagne, and beer (bottled and draft). All organic, of course! We also, hope to participate in as many 5th Ave events as possible where we pass out free samples of our pastries and beverages!

5. We understand that you are from Park Slope. When you aren't working, what are some of your favorite places to visit on Fifth Avenue?

On the lucky days when my husband and I are off together, we usually start with breakfast at Dizzy's. And I'm a huge sports fan, so I like to catch baseball or football games at 200. As for restaurants, I've tried almost all of them and I don't even think I could choose a favorite so I won't even try! And I have been a member of Body Reserve for a couple of years now. Oh, and there is no better place to shop than 5th Ave!

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