Philadelphia Business Journal

An Ardmore French bakery expanded again.

Multiple investors want owners — who are Le Bec-Fin alumni — to open additional locations across the Main Line and outside of Philadelphia, but for now they have other plans – like helping to establish a Parisian-influenced pocket in Ardmore.

Delice et Chocolat opened in June 2017 at 7 Station Road in Ardmore, Pa., in a space left vacant by Centofanti Master Tailors, which had been there for 75 years. Then the next month, the company leased the next-door space, formerly a Radio Shack.

Owners expanded for a third time within the existing spaces, and it now sits at over 3,000 square feet, up more than double from the original 1,400 square feet.

It’s a family business, owned by brothers Antoine and Joseph Amrani, and Joseph’s son Nicholas Amrani.

Antoine was head pastry chef from Center City’s Le Bec Fin, which closed for good in 2013, and Joseph, worked closely with Chef George Perrier of Le Bec Fin.

Space and limited seating was an issue prior to the expansion and in part led to the expansion — that and capitalizing on the available Lancaster Avenue storefront.

“We had four tables and 12 to 13 chairs, which we were legally allowed to have because of square footage. It was a mad house,” said Nicholas, who is managing director and marketing director.

Delice et Chocolat has 15 employees, with more hires planned.

The bakery operates Tuesdays through Sundays, but there are plans to open on Mondays, and stay open later on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

“Once we have the entire week schedule built out, we’ll be around the 20 range,” Amrani said of employee numbers.