French food market reopens in Hurst with a new name

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L’Epicerie by Quichotte, a French market, roaster and bakery, is now open in a new location in Hurst.

Sayda Rapalo and her husband, Roland, decided to open the company’s first incarnation, Quichotte Bakery, near Richland Hills in 2017.

After a pandemic hiatus forced them to close almost a year ago, the Rapalos found a space in Hurst to house their new dream.

“We have decided to dream bigger, and we will become a French importer and wholesale distributor of coffee beans”, the duo announcement on Facebook last spring.

In the new location, the “mini French market” offers specialties such as Jean Dubost cutlery, Guérande salt and Puy lentils. The shop also roasts coffee, including 10 different varieties imported from a single-origin farm in Honduras, and sells macaroons, croissants and quiches, to name just a few items from the bakery menu.

Sayda Rapalo is a graduate of UTA, El Centro College and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie (Yssingeaux, France), and worked for a time as a chocolate maker in Lyon, according to her company biography.

In her spare time, when not cooking in the new store, she is also a gifted and talented teacher at Dallas ISD.

L’Epicerie by Quichotte is located at 512 W. Harwood Rd. In Hurst. November hours are Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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