John Kraus and Elizabeth Rose have opened the Twin Cities newest Rose Street Patisserie just off West 7th Street in Saint Paul’s revitalized Jacob Schmidt Brewery. The bakery has already built a staggering reputation for confections, pastries, and bread. Now, its aiming for the pantheon of great breakfasts served in the cities. Just across a walkway with a few parking spots, Rose Street has opened on the upper level of the brewery’s Rathskaller, a stone’s throw from the Keg & Case Food Hall.
The new cafe opened quietly this Sunday and will serve breakfast through early afternoon this week. Next week, plans are to begin staying open until 6 p.m. On the menu are poached eggs on avocado toast, sky-high laminated bread French toast, and a croissant breakfast sandwich filled with sausage, eggs and a thin layer of béchamel. “You cannot take my béchamel away from me,” said Kraus.
There are also several lunch-friendly sandwiches including a BLT, an Italian sandwich, panzanella. If the whole thing sounds a little carb heavy, it’s because this is the chef who took home bronze in the Coup du Monde - aka the world Olympics of bread baking. There will be bread, there will be butter, and there’s going to be a lot of bread and butter in various combinations.
In addition to all the savory items now afforded guests thanks to the full kitchen on site, the pastry case is packed with treats like kougin aman, almond croissant, passionfruit bockstock, blueberry muffins, quickbreads, chocolates, meringues, macaron, and so much more.
Just down the hall from the cafe is a theatre where bakers are working, creating all of the baked goods for all of Rose Street’s locations. Kraus used to be an educator, and the space will be used for apprenticeships and other classes for would-be pro or home bakers.
Rose Street Patisserie has two other locations on Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, and Linden Hills. There’s a treat stand from them inside Keg & Case. Plus, Rose and Kraus also own South Minneapolis’ Patisserie 46.