Colorful, pillowy and delicately flavored, the macaron is the jewel of French pastries – not to mention, each is only about 90 calories.
With the imminent opening of Le Macaron in Webster Groves, Missouri, St. Louisans can “enjoy life’s little delicacies” in a beautiful, relaxed setting. “I’ve striven to create an experiential café, with an emphasis on authenticity, where people can take a moment out of their day to breathe, decompress and indulge themselves,” says owner Jim McKibben. “Le Macaron is for everyone; I see families dropping in after the kids are out of school, university students popping by between classes and couples sharing something sweet late into the evening.”
Le Macaron, which operates several locations across the country, employs a French pastry chef to make these heavenly confections using natural, gluten-free ingredients. There will be approximately 20 permanent macarons, plus a variety of seasonal flavors to choose from. “You’ll always be able to get the classics – fan favorites such as raspberry, red velvet and chocolate-praline – but we’ll also offer some surprises with the changing of the seasons, as well as around the holidays,” explains McKibben. Like any bona fide French pâtisserie, Le Macaron will also offer croissants, meringues, éclairs and more.
It’s hard to determine who is more enthusiastic about this new business venture: McKibben himself or the residents of Webster Groves. “The plans and permits were unanimously approved by the City Plan Commission and the City Council in one meeting,” says McKibben. “The mayor even came up to me afterwards and said, ‘Do you realize how excited everybody is about this?’ I think I have a pretty good idea, especially when Feast calls me to ask about it!”
“I feel like the café will complement the neighborhood,” he adds. “The area is constantly growing and evolving. It already has a great mix of shops and innovative dining experiences that keeps foot traffic steady, and I hope my unique concept only adds to the pull of the city.”
The physical space of Le Macaron in St. Louis is also special. McKibben’s location will be bigger than most Le Macarons, with a street-level café and a lower level – intended for meetings and parties – which leads to an outdoor courtyard with more seating.
If all goes as planned, Le Macaron will host its grand opening in early October.
Le Macaron, 111 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, St. Louis, Missouri, facebook.com/lemacaronstlouis