Popular Jeffersonville eatery Adrienne & Co. Bakery is making the leap over to New Albany.
The bakery known for its donuts and intricate cakes is opening in a 2,600-square-foot space at 133 E. Market St. sometime in March. Adrienne Holland and Bernie Pasquantino co-own the business.
“We are a glutton for punishment,” Pasquantino told Insider when asked why they wanted a third store.
In addition to its Court Avenue store in Jeffersonville, Adrienne’s has a shop on U.S. Highway 150 in Floyds Knobs, Ind.
“We live in Indiana,” he said, ” so we want our businesses to be in Indiana.”
Pasquantino‘s sister Liz Martino, who previously worked at Porcini in Louisville, will act as head chef for the new location, which will allow Adrienne’s to expand its catering operations and test an “elevated” version of its current breakfast and lunch menu.
Up until December, the Market Street site housed French restaurant Louis Le Francais. However, chef and owner Louis Retailleau decided to retire and spend more time with his family, some of which is in California, according Matt Bergman, who owns the building.
On Facebook, little fanfare was made about the closure.
“Thank you for your patronage. Happy holidays and remember to enjoy life,” Retailleau wrote.
Bergman said Retailleau gave him a heads up about his impending retirement, which gave him and wife Jessica Bergman some time to look for a new tenant — a process that turned out to be fairly easy.
Bergman and his wife simply approached Holland and Pasquantino one day after eating at the Jeffersonville location.
“It wasn’t (difficult to find a new tenant) because of how much has been happening in New Albany. There are so many great things going on,” Bergman said. “We’re extremely excited and looking forward to another great restaurant.”
Pasquantino said the pair weren’t actually looking to open a new store but couldn’t pass up the spot in the 150-year-old building in the heart of downtown New Albany.
“You are starting to see a lot of cooler, hipper places popping up,” he said. “We think it’s the place to be.”