They could move elsewhere — to bigger spaces that would suit their expanding French bakery — but the owners of Delice ed Chocolat are staying put in an effort to put a Parisian-influenced foothold in Ardmore.
Delice et Chocolat, owned by LeBec-Fin alumni, opened in June 2017 at 7 Station Road in Ardmore in a space left vacant by Centofanti Master Tailors, which had been there for 75 years. Then the next month, the company leased the next-door space, formerly a Radio Shack.
It’s a family business, owned by brothers Antoine and Joseph Amrani, and Joseph’s son Nicholas Amrani.
Antoine was head pastry chef from Center City’s Le Bec Fin, which closed for good in 2013, and Joseph, worked closely with Chef George Perrier of Le Bec Fin.
Space and limited seating was an issue prior to the expansion and in part led to the expansion — that and capitalizing on the available Lancaster Avenue storefront.
“We had four tables and 12 to 13 chairs, which we were legally allowed to have because of square footage. It was a mad house,” said Nicholas, who is managing director and marketing director.
Delice et Chocolat has 15 employees, with more hires planned.
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