The French have arrived in Northern Virginia with the opening of PAUL Bakery & Cafe at Tysons Galleria. Situated on the lower level in a space that once accommodated The Daily Grill, PAUL is a gleaming shop with plenty of light and delectable offerings. While we were pleased with the hot chocolate and crossings that were purchased, it appears the new business will need to work on speed and efficiency. It took rather long to make and pay for a simple order. Perhaps it was first day jitters. However, some time-starved customers may find this frustrating. But a majority should welcome PAUL as it will give Corner Bakery, Starbucks, and the Neiman Marcus cafe a run for their money.
Photo Credit: Jason Colston for PAUL USA
After hearing about a location “in the works” for Northern Virginia, the signage for PAUL Bakery is up in Tysons Galleria. After The Daily Grill vacated the property, it appears the space was split into two units. Ann Taylor took one part. Now, PAUL will occupy the other half. PAUL is currently looking for a manager. But there is no word on when it will open. From our perspective, it is a welcomed addition which will give Corner Bakery and Neiman Marcus Cafe a run for their money.
According to The Washington Post, Le Pain Quotidien will join a bunch of planned eateries at the Mosaic District project in Fairfax, VA this fall. We know Le Pain has been on the hunt for additional locations and they should fit in well within the brand new community. For over a decade, Texas-based La Madeleine has had a monopoly on providing “authentic” cafe dining to customers in the Northern Virginia area. But with a PAUL Bakery “in the works” – it and Le Pain will provide some much-needed competition.