NORMAN — It was 29 Christmases ago when two brothers’ plan to pioneer a French bakery in Norman started falling into place. That plan materialized as a widely-known business in Norman and across the state.
La Baguette Bakery & Cafe first opened its doors July 10, 1984 on Main Street. The business, established by Johnny Jazzar and his brother-in-law Rudy Khouri saw generations of Norman grow up, as it was located across the street from Norman High School.
Khouri said they love their current location on Main St., but they are excited to make a move that will give them more room and allow them to interact with people more. The new location of La Baguette will be at 2100 W. Main St. where Sauced and Boomerang restaurants were formerly located.
“We’re excited about it,” Khouri said. “We’ll have more room to do some exciting ideas.”
Customers have told them to keep a cozy, laid-back atmosphere at the new location, and they plan to do so. They plan to have couches, a fireplace and will stick with the cozy, cafe-style atmosphere.
The brothers also have plans to have a bread oven in the front, behind the counter, so they can interact with customers while they are baking fresh bread. The new location will also allow them to host school field trips and let children come in to decorate cookies and bake Khouri said.
“It sticks with you as a kid,” he said. “And that’s what I’m looking forward to, to interact with people more one-on-one so if they want to have birthday parties or want to decorate cookies, we have more room for that.”
They are hoping to have the new location ready for business before Valentines Day but they know some of the equipment they have ordered will take some time to get in. The building also needs interior and exterior work done to make it look the way they want it to.