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Bakery Moving from Martinez to Walnut Creek

Le Gateau Elegant is hoping to open in October on Newell Avenue.

It would be simplistic to say: You lose one, you gain one.

But as north downtown reels from the loss of one bakery (Walnut Creek Baking Company), the last details are being laid for another coming to south downtown.

Le Gateau Elegant (you can call it "the Elegant Cake") is planning to move in October from to Newell Avenue — next door to the Babushka Russian Deli & Cafe.

No opening date is set, wrote owner Karen Del Bonta in an email, as Le Gateau Elegant waits for approval of plans and final inspections from the city of Walnut Creek. "They are far more strict than any other city," she said. The shop is able to rent month to month in Martinez, and the Martinez location will close when Le Gateau moves its ovens and equipment to Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek location will be a little smaller than in Martinez. "It will be designed with our signature pink frosting colors and French garden murals," wrote Del Bonta.

Chris Fong, co-owner with his dad Richard Fong of Pacific Bay Coffee Company on Newell Avenue, said, "We're hoping all the business coming in (for Le Gateau) will generate more business for us."

Le Gateau has been in downtown Martinez since 1995.

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Anne Mobley September 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
We love this bakery. Their Princess Cake is to die for!!! Everyone loves it. How sad for Martinez but I am sure they will do much better in Walnut Creek. We will really miss them downtown. Martinez's loss is WC's gain. Good luck Karen. God bless you in your new venture.
Dena R September 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
The princess cake is sooo good, but the owner, well, just rude to say the least (and I've been going there for 15 plus years, the cake is the ONLY reason I come back)
Anthony D. September 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
So excited for Le Gateau Elegant to come to Walnut Creek! Wonderful cakes amd pastries. The owner is super sweet and talented! Cant't wait. Good luck Le Gateau Elegant!
Bryan B. September 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Open. Open,Open.....Karen made our wedding cake 5 years ago. It was amazzzzing! She was great! Cannot wait for them to open, it is closer for us! Win, win, win! Welcome to Wanut Creek!
Chris Kapsalis September 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I will miss them.

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