Adieu… et Bonjour
If you’ve gone looking for the Bonjour Café in Sandy Ground and found it shuttered, then you’ll be relieved to know that it’s not quite dead. Sporting a new name, a new location in the Valley across the street from B&E Automotive, and a sunny new disposition, owner Suzan Baronnier has reinvented her charming eatery as a French patisserie, the West Indies Café.
“We moved primarily for the location,” says owner Suzan, “It’s smaller, but nice.” Inside, the bright yellow space accommodates 4 florescent green tables, with an outdoor pavilion providing additional seating. She’s kept the menu much the same as it was before, but added a more extensive French pastry offering with a sprinkling of West Indian-inspired confections.
Suzan studied Hotel Management, her first venture was an English pub above her family’s supermarket in Sangre Grande, Trinidad, before heading to Montserrat to work at the iconic Vue Pointe Hotel. She later moved to Anguilla, managing the restaurant at Scilly Cay for a few years, during which time she met and married her husband Pascal, who’d been a pastry chef at CuisinArt. Years were then spent in Tobago, England, Portugal, France then St. Barths, before she decided to return to Anguilla to offer their son an English education. She opened Bonjour Café in 2009.
Running a pastry shop isn’t new for her—Trinidadian Suzan and her husband have, at different times, owned and operated pastry shops in Tobago and Anguilla [The Little Pastry Shop at Koal Keel]. This will be the first time they aren’t doing it together. Though he’s based in St. Maarten, Pascal lends a hand whenever they need it. “He makes a really good pastry cream for our tarts,” Suzan explains. “And he’s showed us how to do it.”
The new location means they see a much bigger lunch crowd, and more walk-ins but with old favourites like their ever-popular Friday Roti special still on the menu, familiar faces are never far away. “The old clientele from the Café still comes,” Suzan points out. “[But now] they come more often.”