Saint Michel Bakery, Popular for its Croissants, Closes

The bakery operated a stall at the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market and a Rockville location


Saint Michel Bakery in Rockville closed on Nov. 8.

Andrew Metcalf

A French baker who gained a cult following for his croissants by selling them in Bethesda and Rockville is closing up shop and heading back to France.

Bertrand Houlier, owner of Saint Michel Bakery, closed the bakery’s Rockville location on Wilkins Court on Nov. 8 and said he planned to return to his native country. A sign on the door of the former bakery thanked customers for years of business.

Houlier opened the bakery in May 2009 after gaining a customer base by selling his croissants, tarts and baguettes at the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market in Bethesda.

Houlier told The Washington Post he imported all of his ingredients and equipment from France to bake his bread and pastries. His stand was frequently cited as one of the best at the market in local reviews.

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