John Kraus said he’s occasionally asked why he opened a new patisserie in Linden Hills, rather than, say, a busy part of Downtown. His response:
Kraus’s own children, ages 11 and 7, have treats named for them — the Rory and the Tristan — which both feature chocolate and caramel, the boys’ favorites. Customers might catch a greeting from Tristan at the shop, or notice Rory’s interest in rolling croissants.
As the business settles in, Kraus is thinking about cookie days for kids, featuring cartoons or movies like the “Wizard of Oz.”
Kraus has been starting his days at 2 a.m. to create the patisserie treats. He showcases them in the style of a jewelry case, featuring his Chocolat (which placed second in a world championship), along with “ugly but good” meringue, brioche bostock, chocolate éclairs and lemon tarts.
“I’m trying to bring some of the classics back,” he said.
The shop also carries a selection of quiche, breads, pizzas, sandwiches and tartines.
A patio is slated to open in the coming weeks at the shop, located at 2811 W. 44th St.