Voila! New downtown Concord crepe spot emphasizes the quirky and creative 

  • The "Behind These Hazel Eyes" crepe includes Nutella, banana compote, strawberries and chocolate sauce. Emanne Khan—Monitor staff

  • Lacey Tokash at her new eatery on Main Street in Concord, dubbed “The Crepe Escape,” aims to fill the void left by its predecessor and bring a “quirky” and “creative” flair to Concord’s rejuvenated downtown. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The ‘Tasty Thai’ crepe at the new “The Crepe Escape” in downtown Concord on Tuesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Lacey Tokash makes a crepe at her new “The Crepe Escape,” on North Main Street in Concord on Tuesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Lacey Tokash pours batter onto a crepe maker at her new eatery on Main Street in Concord, dubbed “The Crepe Escape,” aims to fill the void left by its predecessor and bring a “quirky” and “creative” flair to Concord’s rejuvenated downtown on Tuesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Lacey Tokash puts the final touches on the ‘Tasty Thai’ crepe at her new downtown “The Crepe Escape” on North Main Street on Tuesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/8/2019 2:33:04 PM

When downtown breakfast spot The Little Creperie closed its doors in February, patrons flocked to its Facebook page to say farewell. They lamented that a void was opening in the downtown food scene with the departure of the popular eatery.

Three months later, there’s a new business housed under the black facade at 138 N. Main St., with a new name, owner and menu to match. Shortly after the Creperie closed, Lacey Tokash purchased the space for her own venture into the world of flat French pancakes. Her eatery, dubbed “The Crepe Escape,” aims to fill the void left by its predecessor and bring a “quirky” and “creative” flair to Concord’s rejuvenated downtown. 

Tokash moved to Concord two years ago, but she has big city roots. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2005, she spent time in New York City and Boston, dabbling in the restaurant and catering professions. She then relocated to New Hampshire and worked as a sous chef at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord. 

She had dreams of owning a European-style bed and breakfast and saw an opportunity to move towards that goal when space opened up downtown. 

“Now I’m cooking breakfast all the time and I just don’t have to make your bed,” she said.

The Crepe Escape officially opened on April 22. The menu, etched out in colorful chalk behind the counter, features sweet and savory crepes, a soup of the day, homemade pop-tarts and a “Build Your Own” column for both crepes and waffles. Also sold is Manchester-made Blake’s ice cream. The option of a vegan or gluten-free crepe batter that is cooked on a separate griddle appeals to those with special dietary needs. 

Easy access to the equipment left behind by the space’s previous owners made crepes the natural choice to build the menu around.

“Just to come into something, especially as a brand-new business owner, and to have that part all set up for you, it was a no-brainer,” Tokash said.

Also appealing was the versatility of crepes. “What I like doing is putting different flavors together, and anything is possible,” she added. With offerings as varied as the “Tasty Thai,” a sweet and spicy chicken crepe, and maple pop-tarts, Tokash strives to keep the menu “fun,” “different” and “creative.”

Within the first two weeks of business, she has received “a ton of positive feedback,” thanks in part to her Main Street neighbors who have passed the word along to their own customers. 

Among Tokash’s goals for the future are a cafe expansion “so that I can have more of an ice cream display and I can get more creative with the pastry items,” and possibly opening another location. For now, though, she’s content with her current Main Street real estate.

 “Come in for some tasty treats, it’s a twist on the ordinary and you won’t be disappointed,” she said.




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