Bon Epi Patisserie & Cafe Opens at Diamond Jamboree

Bon Epi Patisserie & Cafe Opens at Diamond Jamboree
Edwin Goei

As I said before, the folks at the now-open Bon Epi Patisserie and Cafe must have a set of giant cojones to open their shop within sight of 85 Degrees Celsius at Irvine's Diamond Jamboree. The latter is still arguably the most popular bakery to hit Irvine in well, ever.

But hey, this is America.  And monopolies should only belong on board games.  So when I noticed that Bon Epi quietly opened last week, I thought, "Way to go giant cojones"...and today, I surveyed their offerings and concluded that they are indeed going to be competing for the same customers -- they're offering almost exactly the same products. There were pretty cakes, pastries of the Chinese/French hybrid variety, even the bread wrapped around hot dogs.

But if there's room for two Korean restaurants (Chae Bahn & BCD) and two fried chicken joints (BBQ Chicken & Original Buffalo Wings), there's room for two Chinese bakeries...especially in my stomach.

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