Pretty in Pink: La Maison Rose café in Grimsby ready for a 'Summertime in Paris'

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La Maison Rose, a European-style patisserie and café in Grimsby, is gearing up for summer with a new menu and a fresh new look.

The café, in Grimsby, was designed by owner Anne Turcic to be a “gorgeous” location, which is as much an experience as a café.

“It’s gorgeous from every view,” she said. “It’s designed to be gorgeous wherever you’re seated.”

The café opened in February 2020 and went through multiple changes and renovations since, especially because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The theme of the space changed from “Alice in Wonderland” to “Harry Potter” before settling on “Summertime in Paris,” with a small nook, which is still devoted to the bespectacled English wizard.

There are three distinct spaces in the café: a dine-in restaurant, an ice-cream parlour, and a takeout for drinks and pastries.

The full-service dine-in section features a new summertime menu, which focuses on paninis, and has gluten-free and vegan options, including plant-based chicken wings. It’s a popular section of the café because of the decor, and books up quickly, but luckily, there are two tables reserved for walk-ins.

On offer at the ice-cream parlour are 18 different flavours of Belgian chocolate dip, and specialty ice-creams like the elevated ice cream and the solid gold, which feature edible gold flakes and gold caviar.

The café has been a real labour of love for Turcic, who wasn’t afraid to put in the graft to bring her vision to reality.

Before she could open the café in 2020, she tore her Achilles tendon and surgery was postponed. It didn’t stop her from working in the café though, and she could still be seen serving customers or climbing stepladders to put up garlands of flowers.

“I don’t give up,” said Turcic, with a determined grin.

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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