A European-inspired cafe that got its start in 2015 in the Windansea area of La Jolla will open a larger outpost in Pacific Beach by the end of the year that will house a full-fledged bakery which will supply both locations with fresh baked goods and help to grow a wholesale business.
Meaning ‘little bell on the corner’, La Clochette Du Coin was founded by Willy Wu Jye Hwa and Karine Beers, a brother and sister team who both graduated from SDSU. The offerings at their original La Jolla Boulevard cafe includes coffee drinks made with Cafe Virtuoso beans, breakfast items, crepes, and sweet and savory sandwiches. For their new casual Cass Street bistro, which spans a 1,630-square-feet and includes a sidewalk patio, the savory menu will be much expanded, reflecting the French and Asian influences of the siblings’ native Madagascar and the culinary experience of executive chef Sean Le, who attended culinary school and trained in Italy.
The Pacific Beach eatery will have a glassed-in bakery, overseen by head baker Justin Gaspar, who worked at the Bay Area’s famed Manresa Bread and ran Bird Rock Coffee Roasters’ in-house pastry program for a year. Gaspar, who counts Crystal White of Wayfarer Bread & Pastry as a mentor, will create a full range of bread, pastry, and viennoiserie for La Clochette Du Coin from croissants and naturally-leavened sourdough to lesser seen treats like bostock, a twice-baked brioche topped with seasonal jam and almond cream.