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La Bohème brings Paris to West Village


La Bohème brings Paris to West Village

Who sells their Paris flats and moves to Detroit? Eve de Castro and Jean Jeannot, that’s who. The two are now the owners of La Bohème, a new French café in the heart of West Village.

Detroit caught their eyes after de Castro saw mention of the city’s bankruptcy and kept up to date on how Detroiters were coming back from such a downfall. She is a novelist but was looking for a different adventure, so she asked Jeannot if he’d like to move to Detroit and open a French café, and he said yes. The rest is histoire.

La Bohème is bringing something new to its neighborhood of West Village – it’s a small, cozy café that prides itself on attention to detail, the owners’ French roots and products from the very best.

La Bohème not only offers coffee, breakfast and lunch, but serves tea from Paris’ own Le Palais des Thés, and serves baked goods, chocolate, quiches and pastries made by Matt Knio, formerly of Bristol Hôtel. Bristol Hôtel is a 5 star hotel in Paris and Knio now delivers pastries each morning to La Bohème from his kitchen at Birmingham’s Canelle Patisserie.

The team at La Bohème want to teach people about tea and are on hand to enlighten. They serve smoked teas, black teas, green teas and much more.

You can order croques, quiche, sandwiches, tartines and salads off of the café’s Dejeuner Menu (Lunch Menu). Try their Croque Mademoiselle, made of roasted bread, smoked salmon, fresh cream and dill, or maybe their Brigitte Sandwich, made of brie cheese, raisin, honey and walnuts, served in a crispy baguette.

The basement of the café has been renovated as an art space where de Castro and Jeannot plan to feature different local artists on a regular basis. Right now, the metal work and photography of Darko Stojanovski is on display.

We can all look forward to their crêpes, which are coming soon.

The café is open every day except Monday from 7.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by at 8100 Kercheval, right near Sister Pie, and visit La Bohème on Facebook to stay updated.

Erica N Rakowicz/After 5