Cafe Creme is one of the WPB Chamber's newest members, & having opened their doors less than two weeks ago, we are scheming to create time to go for a visit. Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser, founders of the LM Restaurant group & operators of Cafe Creme have been kind enough to give us a glimpse into the concept & story behind Cafe Creme.
Visit Cafe Creme at 1721 N Damen Ave. The Cafe Creme bakery is open 7am - 7pm daily; the Cafe, until 3pm, daily.
Briefly describe your business and introduce yourself.
Stephan and Nicole founded LM Restaurant group in 2009. What started as a single concept, named after our two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, The Brixton, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. Our restaurants aim to provide a true French dining experience in Chicago and showcase real French cuisine in an approachable way.
Cafe Creme is our newest concept. The bakery and café brings freshly made French pastries and baguettes as well as seasonal fare to the Bucktown neighborhood. We’re open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch and offer patrons a unique place to pick up traditional French macarons or to enjoy a sit down meal with friends.
Both of us grew up in restaurants. Nicole’s family owned and managed several restaurants in her hometown of Hamburg, Germany and Stephan’s parent’s owned traditional brasseries in Normandy, France where he was born and raised. Both of us made a career out of working in hospitality and after a while opening a place of our own seemed like the right choice. We opened the first restaurant in 2009 and never looked back.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a business owner?
Don’t panic! But on a serious note, the most important thing we’ve learned as business owners is that each restaurant needs to be a part of the community. Our restaurants are all located in different and very unique Chicago neighborhoods and we make it a priority to be involved and to make sure that the restaurant adapts to the neighborhood. The first thing we do when we open a new concept is to join the Chamber of Commerce-it ensures that we get off on the right foot.
What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering?
We’re pretty excited about the opening of Cafe Creme. It’s a totally different concept from anything we’ve ever done before, having a retail bakery as well as the cafe. The French pastries and bread coming out of the bakery are truly authentic and very fresh so we’re happy that we can offer that to customers. Also, the food at the cafe is delicious. Our chef, Matt DuBois, put a lot of thought into creating a very approachable and seasonal, French inspired menu.
We’re so excited to be here in the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood. The residents and other business owners in the area really make this a great place to be operating a restaurant. We’ve received such a warm welcome from everyone and in the short time we’ve been open we’ve already begun to develop relationships with regulars. We look forward to serving this community for years to come!