Pardon My French says au revoir

Popular French bakery closes after four years in Eagan

Eagan restaurant Pardon My French closed on Jan. 13 after serving the community for nearly five years. - Photo by Jessica Harper

Eagan restaurant Pardon My French closed on Jan. 13 after serving the community for nearly five years. – Photo by Jessica Harper

One after another, people hoping to get a bite to eat at Pardon My French on Monday were stunned to discover the popular Eagan restaurant had closed.

The French bakery at 1565 Cliff Road closed Jan. 13, two years after opening a second location in the Mall of America. That location also closed on Sunday, according to the establishment’s Facebook page.

A note posted on the restaurant’s door on Jan. 14 read: “Dear Customers, We are sorry but Pardon My French had to close its doors. It’s been a pleasure to serve you the last four years. Thank you for your support and your kindness.”

Seeing the sign on the door shocked and saddened Gerine Pongratz of Rosemount who describes herself as a regular customer and had stopped at Pardon My French for some baked goods.

“It was my favorite place,” she said. “I always felt it was Eagan’s gold mine.”

Pongratz said she often recommended the restaurant to friends and family due to its “amazing atmosphere and food.”
Several other patrons expressed their dismay on Facebook.

“Boo … Huge loss for Eagan and south suburbs in general,” said Lucy Maghrak in one post.

Regular customers expressed their dismay on Facebook upon hearing Pardon My French closed in Eagan and at the Mall of America. - Jessica Harper

Regular customers expressed their dismay on Facebook upon hearing Pardon My French closed in Eagan and at the Mall of America. – Jessica Harper

There are indications that the location in the Mall of America, which opened in 2011, wasn’t as popular as the Eagan restaurant.

One Facebook comment described the Eagan location as “terrific,” but the MOA site as “always disappointing.”

Customers weren’t the only ones sad to see the French bakery go.

“It’s a terrible loss for so many in the region,” said Ruthe Batulis, executive director of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Batulis said chamber members were big fans of Pardon My French.

“It was a wonderful concept for the community that brought fine French cuisine to the area and enhanced the region,” she said.

Pardon My French was opened in Eagan in 2008 by Frederic Klein, an experienced pastry chef from France who moved to the United States six years earlier.

The restaurant offered a selection of freshly prepared food, including pastries, truffles, soups, sandwiches, salads, French pizzas and box lunches.

It also had a wine bar that emphasized French wines and offered cheese, pastries and appetizers.

Klein didn’t return requests for comment.

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