French bakery icon Ladurée is headed for The Grove in Los Angeles, sources confirmed today. The prestigious macaron-makers first came to life more than 150 years ago in Paris, and currently operates domestic locations in New York City and Miami.
Barricade work just went up outside the forthcoming location at the massively popular outdoor mall, which will require a touch of construction before coming to life later this year or in early 2017. It’s a massive coup for The Grove as a whole, which has been overshadowed of late by the emergence of a bundle of new food concepts coming adjacent to The Americana at Brand in Glendale, also a Caruso-owned property. It’s certainly the biggest opening since Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, which landed more than a year ago.
For those unfamiliar, Ladurée is perhaps the most famous macaron house in the world. In addition to macarons and pastries, the restaurant portion is a wonderfully decorated fancy hotel-style tea lounge, which means it'll be the ideal post-shopping hangout.
Considered by some to be the creators of the colorful sweet snack itself, the dessert perfectionists founded its first bakery in 1862, but only began expanding internationally in earnest back in 2012. Ladurée now lists locations everywhere from Brazil to Australia to Qatar to South Korea — and, in time, The Grove in Los Angeles.