Tout Suite, sister company to Sweet Bakery in CityCentre, is just weeks away from opening. Despite typical delays from meeting city permit requirements and whatnot, the cafe, bakery and coffee shop is inching closer to opening its doors in East Downtown at 2001 Commerce. Tout Suite translates from French to English as "right away," and that's the premise behind this establishment.
Anne Le, president of Tout Suite, describes it as a European-style cafe, bistro and bakery where customers can snack on an array of pastries and sweets while sipping on a cup of coffee, or enjoy a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal.
"Since we've outgrown our very, very small bakery in CityCentre, we found this other opportunity to not only expand our kitchen, but to also serve other food that we are passionate about," Le says. "So, beyond our cupcakes and our macarons we worked hard to build our reputation on, we're branching out to also simple soups, salads and sandwiches to offer the neighborhood that we chose to be in more than just our baked goods."
The upcoming cafe and bakery will feature every item currently sold at Sweet, including all of the macarons flavors, plus more seasonal and weekend items Sweet sells, such as pies, tarts and eclairs, something Le is extremely excited about saying Houston is lacking in the French eclair department. There will also be a small window for customers to peek into the kitchen.
But, it's not just about the sugary treats at Tout Suite; breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered throughout the week, and a special brunch menu will be available on Saturdays and Sundays. Le explains that all of the recipes are homemade, and most were crafted by the staff and their friends.
Every menu is simple and straight forward. For breakfast, customers can order house-made granola, eggs to order, avocado toast and yogurt parfaits. Brunch will be a bit fancier than breakfast, as it is reserved for the weekend. Expect a small menu featuring lemon and blueberry waffles, biscuits and gravy, omelets and quiches.
Lunch and dinner will be the same and include a selection of four soups, six to eight salads and sandwiches, plus a build-your-own entree portion, called "Farm Fresh Picks."
"We will have six choices of a starch, six choices of a vegetable, and six choices of a protein and you will just build your own entree," Le explains. "Choices are like cauliflower, [and] grilled chicken with cilantro rice. That's just our simple version of how we're going to do our entrees beyond the scope of the soups, salads and sandwiches."
Breakfast will be served every day from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., then lunch and dinner will be available from 11 a.m. until midnight. Most of the cafe items will range from $7 to $12.
Greenway Coffee will provide the coffee and tea, just like at SWEET.
"We offer all classic coffee options. We will carry different varieties of espresso, of drip coffee, and we will carry more tea at our location than even what Blacksmith offers," Le says. "So, we will do loose-leaf tea and we will have nine different flavors."
With 7,000 square feet (3,000 dedicated to the kitchen), Tout Suite will be able to offer much more space to customers for seating than what's currently available at the CityCentre bakery.
"Even with our little shop in CityCentre, people have always asked and wanted more seating space, so we knew that with Tout Suite we wanted to offer more seating space," Le says. "It's a lot of seating; we have community tables; we have a lot of outlets, because we knew that we are right in the city, we're right next to both UH campuses -- both the main campus and downtown campus -- we're right by all of the corporate offices right here in downtown, so we knew that we needed to offer convenient spots for people to quickly [log on] to WiFi, charge their laptop, and grab cafe food that's easy and fast -- and also indulge in all of our sweets that we have!"
Le doesn't have an exact opening date just yet, but assured us that it is a matter of weeks until Tout Suite opens its doors. During this time, though, she says the staff is being trained to ensure there are no kinks to work out when customers arrive.