French patisserie and croissant stalwart Ceci-Cela will eventually close its original Soho location, a small storefront on Spring Street that they've been in for nearly 25 years, Bowery Boogie reports. The bakery's Soho landlord Renatus Group, which purchased the building last year for $15.5 million, did not want to renew the lease. Founder Laurent Dupal originally opened the bakery at the location in 1992, and eventually, the success prompted Dupal to launch a wholesale business that has brought Ceci-Cela's popular croissants to coffee shops across the city.
The patisserie's retail operation is not going far away. Ceci-Cela is opening a new location at 14 Delancey St., near Bowery, and it will far surpass the original in size, with two stories and 2,000 square feet, the bakery has previously told Eater. It will also provide more room to display the patisserie's wedding and personalized cake options as well. It's expected to open in April.
Still, it's a bittersweet ending for the original Soho spot. "After 25 years in the same location and never skipped rent or late rent, and having a rent that is quite high for any NYC business, we really felt slighted [by the non-renewal]," Ceci-Cela founder Laurent Dupal tells Bowery Boogie.