Cafe de Lion, the artful Queen Anne pastry shop that opened in April, will reopen its doors on November 11. Owners Daisuke and Tomoyo Miura quickly garnered a loyal following thanks to the shop’s array of elegant French-meets-Japanese sweets, but the unexpected death of Tomoyo’s father forced the couple to temporarily shut the doors this summer.
Tomoyo, the operation’s pastry chef, returned to Japan, along with her husband and their young son Lion, for whom the shop is named. Visa difficulties prolonged their stay, says Daisuke Miura. During the time in Japan, Daisuke even helped open a cafe in Tokyo.
Originally the family tried offering more traditional salads, soups and juice drinks to keep Cafe de Lion open, but “our customers expected my wife’s pastry and it wasn’t there,” says Miura. The reopened Cafe de Lion will still do some sandwiches, and even a few lunch selections, but Daisuke says the couple is also returning with newfound inspiration for its pastry offerings.