New Hope Bakery Closes After 26 Years

C’est La Vie French Bakery and Cafe in New Hope Borough has closed.

The Vitart family in the bakery.
Credit: C’est La Vie

C’est La Vie French Bakery and Cafe, a local favorite located at 20 South Main Street, has shuttered after a 26-year run.

The bakery’s proprietors, Jane and Joel Vitart, announced their retirement plans months ago, but the business shuttered over the weekend.

Over the years, the couple and their family turned the bakery into a beloved spot in the community.

“C’est La Vie and the Vitart family have decided, ‘C’est le temp!’ or ‘It is time,’” the bakery said in a recent post. “We’ve enjoyed 26 wonderful years in New Hope, but it’s time to close our doors.”

Credit: C’est La Vie

Jane Vitart is currently penning a memoir, which will feature recipes.

On social media, longtime patrons expressed their sentiments. One customer reminisced, “Thank you for 26 years of true gastronomic pleasure! I’m saddened to see you go but am so grateful for the 25 years of delightful bites.”

Another chimed in, “Congratulations on your beautiful family business. Our family will miss those walks to enjoy your sweet treats… Can’t wait for the book!”

The riverfront property where the bakery resided is now on the market for $2.75 million.

The real estate listing describes it as the “best riverside location in New Hope Borough,” noting its “unique 2-bedroom residence above a ground-floor commercial retail space.”

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