1956 - Au Pain Doré is founded
In 1951, Odette and Roland Etienne make their way to Canada with their children Joëlle (four years old) and Jean-Marc (11 months old). In 1956 they will found la Boulangerie Au Pain Doré at 6838 rue Marquette in Montréal, where they will get the attention of restaurateurs and hoteliers with the most effecive advertising possible: word of mouth. In the early 1980s, Jean-Marc and his wife Diane will take the reins and turn Au Pain Doré into the boutiques that we know today.
1983: Au Pain Doré opens its doors to the public
At 6838 Marquette, Jean-Marc and Diane begin reorganizing the company to enable future growth. The little bakery not only meets the growing demand from restaurateurs and hoteliers but it also opens its doors to the public with a wider variety of products. Viennoiseries, pizzas, desserts and charcuteries are now available in addition to the breads and baguettes that the bakery is known for.
1991: Au Pain Doré multiplies its points of sale
One of the first boutiques to open its doors was at 1415 rue Peel. Now located inside the Cours Mont-Royal at 1455 rue Peel, this boutique in the heart of downtown Montréal is still going strong.
1997: Inauguration of Au Pain Doré headquarters on rue de Rouen
Located in the heart of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, la Boulangerie Au Pain Doré inaugurated its headquarters and factory at 3075 de Rouen in 1997 with Louise Harel, Minister of Employment and Solidarity, in attendance to mark the occasion.
2008: Groupe Le Duff acquires Au Pain Doré
In 2008, the business is incorporated with the Groupe Le Duff which shares the same ambition as the Etienne family: to share the passion of quality goods and maintain Au Pain Doré as the reference in French bread in Montréal and the rest of Canada with a wide distribution network.