A book by Anne Byrn
Desfontaines also opened a tearoom at the pastry shop. In those days ladies were not admitted to cafés, which were the exclusive domain of men. This was a big success with ladies, who enjoyed meeting in the freedom of the tearoom rather than their homes.
In 1993 the Groupe Holder took over the firm Ladurée, which was beset with financial difficulties. The Holder family also owns the PAUL bakery chain in France. Following the takeover, the company began an expansion drive, setting up pastry shops on the Champs-Élysées in 1997, followed by subsidiaries in London, Geneva and Monaco. Ladurée shops have also been opened in Tokyo, Dublin, Bahrain and Dubai.