While having coffee at Dunn Bros in Linden Hills, Patisserie 46 owner John Kraus looked out the window and decided he should open a pastry shop across the street. Rose Street Patisserie is slated to open this spring at 2811 W. 43rd St., attached to Upton 43.
“I thought it was the right spot and the right time,” he said.
Kraus’s original inspiration for expansion stemmed from his time in France, participating in the 2015 Coup du Monde de la Patisserie (World Pastry Cup).
“While I was there I realized there is so much need for neighborhoods to have a community center that goes beyond what we as a culture provide here,” he said. “I really appreciate the pastry shops in France.”
Kraus said he wants to give more people moments of happiness where they can “just breathe” and take five minutes to “sit back and enjoy what a pastry can do for your life.”
The name “Rose” has special significance for Kraus.
“I love roses, that’s my favorite flower, and throughout my career it keeps coming back,” he said.
He vividly recalls the perfect flowers in the Queen’s rose garden in London, where he once stopped to eat a piece of brioche on the way to work.
“I realized I was going to do pastry for the rest of my life,” he said.
Kraus said customers walking into the shop will be greeted with a display of all the treats — “like a kid when you walk into a candy store,” he said.
A mezzanine will allow people to retreat for a bit of solitude, but big tables will encourage conversation among strangers.
“You may sit next to someone you don’t know,” he said.
He said staff will help guide patrons through the menu selections.
“I want to share what I’ve learned from my travels,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the chocolate.”