Melrose Village sadly lost another one it’s eateries recently with the closure of the Maison Richard Restaurant and Bakery located on the 700 block of Stanley Avenue just north of Melrose. The good news is that the space won’t be closed for long as its new owner, Chef Josette of Normandie Bakery (Farmer’s Market) will open her next endeavor in its place on or around September 1st.
Maison Richard was owned by Huguette Coffyn who opened the Melrose location in 2010 after closing it’s longtime spot at 301 Robertson Blvd. Huguette’s husband Andre Coffyn was murdered at the Robertson location during a robbery there in July of 1989.
The Coffyn’s bought the former location on Robertson in 1986 after world renowned Chef Michel Richard opened the celebrity heavy and wildly popular restaurant Citrus which was located further east on Melrose at Citrus Ave. Richard was also behind the ultra famous Citronella in Washington, D.C that hosted the likes of presidents, the politically famous and celebrities. The restaurant world was stunned when Richard passed away from complications of a stroke in the summer of 2016.
Maison Richard was still under Coffyn’s ownership until just recently.
A Statement from Maison Richards Facebook page reads…
“After 32 years of operations, and an amazing ride, Huguette, the owner of Maison Richard is retiring from the business. The Maison Richard brand and company has officially ended its operation on August 13th 2017. Chef Josette, owner of Normandie Bakery, is taking over the restaurant and french bakery location starting mid-august with her existing Normandie brand and products. Chef Josette’s new concept on the same Melrose and Stanley avenue location will officially launch on September 1st. We would like to thank everyone for having been part of the journey that was started with Michel Richard in 1977. While the original Michel Richard products will no longer be carried past August. The existing location will continue to operate as restaurant and bakery with some similar offerings with Josette’s own French style.”
Huguette and her establishment were a vital part of the Melrose community and supporters of Melrose Action’s efforts. They will be greatly missed!