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Carole’s House Café & French Bakery launched its second location Feb. 7 in North Naples. The second helping of the local business closely follows the concept’s debut on Memorial Day weekend last year at St. Andrews Square in East Naples.

Expect the same menu of pastries, sandwiches and all-day breakfast items served at the new location in the Publix-anchored Pelican Strand shopping center off Immokalee Road just west of Interstate 75.

Co-owners Carole Dahan and Christophe Mars of North Naples have slightly revised the menu they launched last spring. “We have way more egg options,” Mars said. “So, we do frittata, we do more quiche, omelets now than we did at the beginning.”

Rather than just offering takeout and counter service, Carole’s House has table service with seating available both inside and on the covered walkway outside its entrance. The new café is in a small unit that used to be an insurance office and a General Nutrition Center store. The converted office and retail space is between a nail salon and a Chinese takeout in an inline strip just north of a Publix supermarket.Carole's House opened in North Naples

Carole’s House creates authentic, fresh-baked French pastries, breads and desserts such as croissants, beignets, muffins, scones, lava cake, fruit tarts and cookies. Also expect a rotating weekly special of items such as bread pudding or rugelach. “So, people can get something special,” Mars said.

Carole’s almond croissant is one of the top-selling bakery items now, Mars said. “It’s becoming very, very big here. People come really just for our almond croissant,” he said. “I’m really happy with the recipe for the almond croissant. We don’t use extract. We use real almond flour.”

The café serves a daily breakfast-lunch menu that includes avocado toast, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches and salads. The café’s hot and cold drinks include cappuccino, espresso, lattes, ice tea and house-made lemonade.

On the savory side, Carole’s breakfast sandwich is one of the menu items ordered the most, Mars said. “We do it with a Gruyère that we get from Switzerland,” he said. “It’s egg, bacon and Gruyère on a croissant bun – very, very popular.”Carole's House opened in North Naples As far as his personal favorite, Mars is leaning toward the frittatas lately. “I love the Prosciutto Mozzarella baguette sandwich, but right now it’s a frittata. We started to do frittata and quiche, so we bake them every morning,” he said. “All my team is making fun of me because I call them ‘my babies.’ When they get out of the oven, they always look good so I say, ‘Look at my babies.’”

Even before an exterior sign is installed on their new café, Dahan and Mars plan to expand beyond their two locations, maybe by the end of this year. “We have another one we are working on right now on Marco Island,” said Mars, not wanting to reveal a specific spot yet until it’s finalized. “It’s still in negotiation. It’s a location I fell in love with. I really want it, so we’re still working on it.”

Another Carole’s House is possible late next year in a mixed-use project still under construction in downtown Naples. In between splitting their personal time between Naples, New York and France, the business partners also are considering expanding Carole’s House into Fort Myers, Estero and eventually Tampa.Carole's House opened in North Naples “We are very, very happy how Naples is welcoming us,” Mars said. “My real mission of this brand and the company that Carole and myself want to create is it’s a company where we really create meaningful connections.”

The new Carole’s House, 5620 Strand Blvd., is initially open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. “I want to go slower and do things right,” Mars said. “My goal is to stay open until 7 (p.m.) eventually.”

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