Restaurant adds French twist to food

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Co-owner Beth Whitman takes an order from customer Tommy Peterson while co-owner Becka Miller prepares a crepe for another customer.

Co-owner Beth Whitman takes an order from customer Tommy Peterson while co-owner Becka Miller prepares a crepe for another customer.

FLINT TWP.
— Tastes from the City of Lights are now available here in Flint Township with the recent opening of Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake inside the Food Court at the Genesee Valley Center.

Owned by Beth Whitman of Flushing and Becka Miller of Clio, who both profess to be crepe lovers, Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake offers hungry shoppers one of the staples of French cuisine, crepes … but with unique twists.

One of the most popular items on the menu are the Sweet Crepes, which include Strawberry Cheesecake; Ally Cat, which features butter, brown sugar and cinnamon; Lemon Cream, which features marshmallow cream, lemon filling, Nilla crumbs, fresh lemon juice and zests; Sweet Lover’s Dream, which features chocolate chips, caramel, Nilla crumbs, marshmallows and toasted coconut; Hail to the King, which features peanut butter, Nutella and banana; Suck it up Buttercup, which features marshmallow cream, peanut butter and peanut butter cups; and Granny Smith, which features Granny Smith apples, caramel and cinnamon.

Along with the Sweet Crepes, Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake offers Savory Crepes, which are similar to sandwiches. “Crepes are not just desserts, it can be lunch too,” Whitman said. Some of the Savory Crepes include a Reuben; Monte Cristo; Fifi Lamoure; Philly; and The Kelly Miller, named after Miller’s daughter. So far, Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake has been whipping up an average of 60 crepes a day since opening.

So with all the restaurant choices out there, why a crepe-themed restaurant?

“Bec and I went out of town and went to a crepe store and later, I called her and asked if she wanted to open one up,” Whitman said. “She said yes, and I said good because we’re going to the mall to look at a space. We looked at the spot, got the spot and then got the paperwork. Then, we bought crepe makers and learned how to make them. Everyone says we’re crazy to open up a store but so far, the response has been good. People have been willing to give it a try. Mall employees have been excited because it’s new, different and a healthier alternative to food here.”

In addition to its variety of Sweet and Savory Crepes, Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake also offers breakfast crepes, build-your-own salads, build-your-own crepes and as the name also suggests, cupcakes. For the cupcakes, the restaurant offers several varieties, which vary daily, but include chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, triple chocolate, raspberry coconut, lemon, strawberry, vanilla, pumpkin spice, red velvet and triple berry vanilla. Customers can purchase 30 cupcakes for $24, and special orders for classrooms, parties and special occasions can be placed by calling the restaurant in advance.

For customers with special diets, Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake offers vegan, gluten free, dairy free and egg free batters.

Along with Whitman and Miller, employees of Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake are Andrew Olivarez, Whitman’s son; Sarah Juillett, Whitman’s sister-in-law; and Toni Poehner, a friend of the owners. “It’s like a family affair. The employees are all relatives or friends,” Whitman said.

Bonjour Crepe and Cupcake offers specials throughout the week. On Mondays, customers receive $1 off all crepes. On Tuesdays, customers can purchase cupcakes for $1/each and on Wednesdays, customers can receive a double punch on their punch cards.

For more information, stop by the store, call 810-720-1595 or visit www.bonjourcrepe.net.


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