Lubellas Patisserie Lands in East Dallas
A pastry shop full of croissants, conchas, and cheesecakes opened its doors in the Casa View Shopping Center over the weekend. CultureMap first reported the opening.
Maria Becerra, a former Bullion pastry chef, opened Lubellas Patisserie with her husband, Ismael Trejo, after spending the last two years baking goods for her friends and family. Becerra was let go from Bullion after the French restaurant closed during the pandemic.
At first, it was the “simple stuff” like banana muffins and bread, she told D, but then orders started coming in for decorated cakes.
“I don’t have any experience decorating,” Becerra says. “But then, I started doing it every week—birthday cakes, themed cakes, flower cakes.”
Becerra also started to bake conchas, a sweet Mexican bread, for her family. Between all the pastries and a growing number of customers, Becerra and her husband decided that it was time to open up their own business.
In addition to running the shop, Becerra and her team also help with lunches at a Catholic school down the street. The school asked for help two weeks before classes started after another catering company pulled out at the last minute. From the cooking to administrative work, Becerra’s team handles it all.
Her dedication to the community has paid off. Every day since Lubellas (affectionately named after the couple’s two daughters, Luciana and Isabella) opened, the bakery has had so much business that something has run out. Becerra has been baking more croissants than she can count, and her tres leches cheesecakes have been a hit, she says.
“We’ve been so blessed, like, I cannot complain,” she says. “It’s a good thing happening to us.”
Lubellas Patisserie | 10323 Ferguson Rd.
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