Madame Chocolat is moving, closes Beverly Hills shop this week
Chocolatier Hasty Torres is moving Madame Chocolat, her 5-year-old Beverly Hills chocolate shop. Her last day on North Canon Drive will be Saturday, when she plans to pour Champagne and pass out chocolates to customers. "You know, fun times! It's kind of a 'see you later!'" Torres says.
Torres, who is married to master pastry chef Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate in New York, says she plans to relocate in Los Angeles by the end of the year. In the meantime, "I'm going to be working on my own bonbon," she says. "A lot of my business is fall through Mother's Day, so summertime is the best opportunity to start a family."
In the meantime Madame Chocolat will continue to operate from Jacques Torres' factory in New York and sell chocolates online. "I'm definitely coming back to Los Angeles," says Hasty Torres, who adds that she is looking for locations on 3rd Street in Los Angeles and on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, as well as in Beverly Hills. "Chocolate runs through my veins."
She and Jacques Torres also will be in L.A. to host a chocolate demonstration at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival on Aug. 12.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Hasty Torres. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times