On the eastern side of one of Dallas’ best entertainment districts is a new place opening this weekend, and they’ll sell only three things: coffee, ice cream and beignets.
Eric Khozindar, who was born and raised in New Orleans, is opening Le Bon Temps, a beignet-focused bakery in Deep Ellum. The grand opening is Sunday, Oct. 13, when those who stop in can buy a beignet and get a free coffee.
“I had moved here about 14 years ago, and since then I’ve been craving some beignets, and I just thought, no one really makes them all that well out here, so I thought it would be simple to do my own,” Khozindar says. “Little did I know it would take a lot more money and a lot more work than I expected.”
Le Bon Temps
The 34-year-old may have been surprised because his other business in Dallas is a bail bond company.
“I was very successful doing that. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, so I wanted to try new ventures from that,” he says.
He’s going from bonds to beignets with the help of Pierre Trevino, a chef with Coeval Studio.
“The goal is, since we only make three things, we only have one good shot at this, we want everything we make to be top notch,” Khozindar says.
They’ll have two types of beignets, one classic one — which Khozindar says is what you might think of if you’ve been to New Orleans’ Cafe Du Monde.
The other type is what they’re calling “le boneignets.”
Eric Khozindar with his son Liam
“We’ve worked on this recipe ourselves ... it’s going to be more of a croissant texture: fluffier, flakier, it’s a little more intensive, it takes about three days to proof it,” Khozindar says. “It’s one of those products, once we’re out for the day, we’re out.”
They’ll also have an option to have ice cream with the beignet.
In no way surprising, the place serving beignets in Deep Ellum is going to have late hours, serving until 3 a.m. on weekends.
“I’m hoping people are excited about it,” Khozindar says. “We want to start delivering at some point, too. The thing with that is, we want to make sure the quality stays quality.”
Le Bon Temps, 2932 Main St. (Deep Ellum). Opening Oct. 13.