Paris Baguette brings croissants and sweet things to buzzy Arlington center
International bakery-café Paris Baguette is bringing sweet things to Arlington, with the opening of a new location in the Arlington Highlands mega-shopping center at I-20 and Matlock Road.
The bakery will reside at 4000 Five Points Blvd. #101, in a former Sleep Experts place. According to a release, it will open later this year.
The Arlington location is from restaurant and franchise veterans Rahul and April Rai, who have big plans to open four Paris Baguette Bakery Cafés in the DFW area, including another in Mansfield in 2024.
The Arlington location will mark either the fourth or possibly fifth location in DFW, following Lewisville, which opened in 2019; Carrollton, which opened in 2021; and Grand Prairie, which opened in March 2023. There's also a location opening in Frisco at 6100 W. Plano Pkwy. #3200, but from a different ownership team.
Paris Baguette was founded in 1988 by Korean businessman Hur Young-in, who started out with locations in South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and China. They're owned by Paris Croissant, a division of SPC Group based in Seoul; their America headquarters are in Moonachie, N.J.
They're known for cakes, pastries, croissants, and breads, featuring classic French-style goods that sometimes incorporate Asian ingredients, such as buns stuffed with red-bean filling.
Many of their items are croissant-based, and some incorporate savory ingredients like sausage and crab croquettes. They also have doughnuts, cronuts, cream puffs, and cream-filled pastries of all kinds, plus coffee drinks.
As is the case with this style of bakery, most of the pastries are self-serve; you load them onto a tray and head for the cashier.
The first U.S. location opened in Los Angeles in 2005, one of many Asian-founded bakeries that specializes in French-style goods such as Mozart and Taiwanese bakery chain 85C.
They started franchising in the U.S. in 2015, and have since established 120 locations across the country, including 24 new cafes that opened in 2022 alone. That includes a location in Katy, their first in the Houston market which has been in the works for nearly two years, bringing the total number of locations in Texas to 20, either open or in development.