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Famous French bakery's first Vancouver location finally close to opening

Paul, a French bakery that began in 1899, has been prepping its first foray into the Canadian market for over a year now.

Paul, a French bakery with an origin story that dates back to 1889, has been prepping its first foray into the Canadian market for over a year now, and the global chain's debut will be here in Vancouver. Now some newly-released images show the Paul space is finally making some much-anticipated progress.

The bakery restaurant has been the leaseholder at 1164 Robson Street, previously a retail space, since at least January 2020, when signage went up on the store's exterior. 

Some recent info from Paul Canada's new Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts are giving us a glimpse behind the scenes at the venture.

While Paul Canada hasn't let too many details out of the bag, it looks like we can expect to see things like fresh-baked bread, pastries, and macarons from the bakery side, as well as coffee drinks.

The Vancouver location of Paul will also offer seated dine-in service; it appears there will be plenty of brunch and breakfast dishes on offer. On Feb. 17, Paul shared it was in the kitchen doing some recipe testing in its Vancouver restaurant, working on things like Pain Perdu Avec Baies Mixtes (French Toast with mixed berries).

Also coming to Paul in Vancouver: Cocktails.

Paul began, to some extent, as a family bakery run by Charlemagne Mayot and his wife in Croix, France. Their granddaughter married into the Holder family, which, by the early 1950s, were running a bakery called Paul. The families and businesses merged, keeping the name Paul. It would be 30 years, though, until Paul opened up outside of France, starting in Barcelona. 

The Paul chain - still run by members of the Holder family - operates in over 30 countries worldwide. 

Paul appears to be aiming for a Spring 2021 launch in Vancouver.