She explains, “Cooking and traveling are both passions of mine, and I’ve been fascinated with French culture ever since I was little. Crepes in particular always caught my eye; there’s just this creativity and experimentation that comes with them. Some of my favorite memories are getting crepes from street carts in Paris, and I wanted to bring that experience back home to Chattanooga.”
Having grown up with two parents who had started their own businesses, Adelle knew that her dream of owning a creperie was possible. In fact, the perfect space was already available to her – her parents owned a warehouse, which they renovated to house a kitchen and large seating area, in Chattanooga’s Southside neighborhood. After months of scouting décor, creating a menu, and practicing her crepe-making skills, Adelle and her mom, Carla, opened Adelle’s Creperie to the public in July of 2016.
“None of us had worked in the restaurant business before, so it was a learning process for everyone,” Adelle recalls. “But the response from the community was fantastic – far better than we had anticipated. There was a line out the door our entire opening day!”