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Restaurant notes: Perrier's bread bakery opens

The real fun will be a champagne toast at 4 p.m. Friday.

Georges Perrier is now in the bread-baking business.

Art of Bread, a cafe, takeout, and commercial bakery serving his own restaurants and others', bowed at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at 920 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth.

The first customer out the door, Mike Ferguson of Ardmore, got a croissant and medium coffee. He told the Philadelphia Daily News' Donald D. Groff that he'd been drawn to the place because he was a big fan of  Perrier.

At opening hour on its first morning, the Perrier bakery/cafe had a modest spread of croissants, breads and pastries.

General manager and Perrier partner Joel-Pierre Perez was erecting umbrellas over the three sidewalk tables out front, and a work crew was replacing an awning that wasn't quite right. Indoors, the cafe has six high tables with two stools each, and three two-seat tables are tucked onto the sidewalk.

Perrier plans to celebrate his new business at 4 p.m. Friday with a champagne toast.

And if you stop by, congratulate his executive pastry chef, Cedric Barberet, who recently received the Academie Culinaire de France.