To bring the time-honored art of French crêpe making to Philadelphia, owners Jim Caiola and David Salama have designed and created one of the city’s most beautiful bistros. Caiola and Salama imported flat, round, cast-iron crêpe griddles from Brittany to perfectly prepare the light, flavorful crêpes. Customary crêpe cooking utensils are also used. Onlookers may watch the cooking process through large picture windows facing Bainbridge Street.
At Beau Monde, Caiola and Salama bring the crêperie to a new level of distinction. They have researched this project in other American cities, including New York and San Francisco, where crêperies are tremendously successful. In Chicago, Caiola’s aunt and uncle have been operating a crêperie since 1972.
Both are accomplished artists. Caiola is well known as an independent filmmaker, and has also worked on television shows for the Discovery Channel and PBS. He has a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from the reputable Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. Salama, a native Bolivian who speaks five languages, has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from Tyler School of the Arts. As a fine painter, Salama was commissioned by famous city planner Edmund Bacon to paint the compass over City Hall’s courtyard.
Beau Monde is located at 624 South Sixth Street
one block south of South Street at the northwest corner of 6th and Bainbridge.
Creperie Beau-Monde / L’Etage
624 South Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: (215) 592-0656
Fax: (215) 592-0836