Photo courtesy of Mel's Petit Café.

Say bonjour to Melanie Streitmatter.

The native of Burgundy, France is opening a crêperie in Mt. Lebanon to give locals a taste of her homeland. Mel’s Petit Café, located at 431 Cochran Rd., will debut Oct. 20.

“Since there was nothing like this in the area, we thought it would be a great idea to open a business to share my culture,” says Streitmatter, who moved to Mt. Lebanon eight years ago with her husband and children.

The family has spent the last year transforming the 1,000-square-foot space — a former consignment shop — into an authentic French eatery. The menu will be a mix of sweet and savory crêpes and waffles, bakery items such as cakes, pies, muffins and banana bread, and coffee drinks.

Photo courtesy of Mel’s Petit Café.
Photo courtesy of Mel’s Petit Café.

Unlike a gut-busting stack of flapjacks, one of Mel’s crêpe dishes will leave you full, but still able to move after the last bite.

A staple of the French diet, crêpes are enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner or as a snack. Less than an eighth of an inch thick, the pastries — which look more like a tortilla than a pancake — are stuffed with a variety of fillings, from sugar, Nutella and jelly to ham, egg and cheese.

Photo courtesy of Mel’s Petit Café.
Photo courtesy of Mel’s Petit Café.

The savory selections, or galettes, are made with buckwheat flour, giving them a crispy exterior.

Menu selections will change based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients that Streitmatter is able to procure.

Growing up, Streitmatter followed in her grandmother’s footsteps and developed a love of baking, creating over-the-top birthday cakes for her loved ones. Her aunt taught her how to make a killer crêpe.

It’s a skill she’s excited to share with Pittsburghers, including all of the French ex-pats who call the city home.

The café will be open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Folks can stop in for takeout or sit and relax inside. Weather permitting, there will be outdoor seating as well, giving patrons the feeling of dining at a Parisian sidewalk café.

“It’s like having a little bit of home right here,” Streitmatter says. “We are going to try and make it as authentic as possible.”

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.