Tustin's Japonaise Cafe Closes, Again
The bakery that started out as a literal hole-in-the-wall appears to be shuttering its not-as-successful café spin-off.
Even as it grew to be called Japonaise Bakery and Cafe and had aspirations of being more than a bakery, the customers really were just there to buy the baked goods. This continued, as most of the clients followed them next door when Cream Pan split from Japonaise via cellular mitosis. In the meantime, without the crutch of the baked items, Japonaise swung and struck out on its own as just another Curry House carbon copy.
What I'm hoping for, if the owners are listening, is a total rethinking of the restaurant. Forget the pasta, ditch the curries, and do an extension of what Cream Pan does best: Use the bakery items as a base for new dishes, like it used to do. French toast from the breads, pair omelets with the croissants, do an expanded breakfast for lunch and dinner, and price it reasonably. But who knows what's going to happen. Perhaps Cream Pan might just reabsorb the space, and we might just get a really, really big bakery after all is said and done.
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