The Shops at La Cantera may be far away from the banks of the Seine, but a mini version of the City of Lights is shaping up in the upscale shopping center as another French accented eatery moves in later this month. On June 5, Sweet Paris Creperie and Cafe announced it was days away from debuting its first San Antonio location at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy Ste. LS3060.
The concept was founded in 2012 by husband and wife Allison Young Chavez and Ivan Chavez, according to a release. Ivan first discovered French cuisine studying abroad in college and continued the love affair when he later brought Allison to Paris to propose.
The inspiration for the San Antonio location came through frequent visits to the Alamo City to watch Allison’s youngest brother play basketball for Trinity University.
“We fell in love with the city,” said Allison via release. “We visited The Shops at La Cantera and thought, 'wow, this is just incredible.'”
The fast-casual cafe focuses on sweet and savory crepes, many made with unexpected ingredients. Dessert options include apple cinnamon crème brûlée and a s’mores version with Nutella, torched marshmallows, graham crackers, and semisweet chocolate. A take on the classic Philly cheesesteak with ribeye and provolone and a Nordic smoked salmon crepe with dill sour cream, pickled red onions, and capers are among the meatier options.
In addition to the crepes, the location will also serve a brunch menu that includes panini, salads, and soups. Nonalcoholic drinks like nitro brew coffee and milkshakes will be served alongside lavender mimosas, beer, and wine.
Although the location is located in the modern development, the couple brought Old World flair to the decor. Prominent crystal and iron chandeliers dot the blue Venetian-plastered room and marble-top bistro tables give the space a little je ne sais quoi. A large patio space seats further guests.
Not everything about Sweet Paris is European, however. The company has partnered with local nonprofits to give back to the community. An ongoing program will donate a portion of the restaurant’s sales to San Antonio Food Bank, and the opening day celebration will partially benefit local food organization Culinaria.