Dallas-Based Old World Stoneworks Completes 11th Cast Stone Mantel For National Country French Café

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La Madeleine Brand Continues to Round Out Rustic French Interiors With Custom ‘Normandy’ Fireplace Mantels

For centuries, the fireplace has served as both the visual focal point and communal center of a room. It’s where family and friends come to gather and share everything from stories about their days to gifts during the holidays. And in at least one nationwide bakery café, it’s also where friends and loved ones come to share a meal.

Since 2013, Old World Stoneworks, a leader in American manufactured, hand-crafted limestone cast stone fireplace mantels and stone range hoods, has been providing custom mantels in la Madeleine Country French Cafés across the U.S. Today, eleven stores and counting feature Old World Stoneworks’ original Normandy-style fireplace mantel in multiple locations and cities within Texas, Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia.

Sheila Searle, Old World Stonework’s Public Relations Collaborator, says, “We are so honored to be a supplier of la Madeleine’s signature fireplaces. As the perfect complement to their already crave-worthy food, we are proud the custom mantel design can help elevate the overall décor by uniting the store’s rustic charm and overall comfort within such a warm and welcoming French home atmosphere.”

La Madeleine’s Director of Design, Carol Kamenish added, “For more than 30 years, we have continuously upheld the aspiration la Madeleine was founded upon: to bring fresh, delicious, and authentic French culinary traditions to our guests. Part of that tradition is providing a warm, comfortable environment in which our guests can enjoy the food, and a key component is our signature fireplace. Our valued customers love to sit, sip and savor the flavors of the French countryside without the rush of the day getting in their way in front of a fireplace that reminds them of home."

To craft these signature mantel pieces, each one is fashioned from real cast stone, a man-made limestone process that has been around over 600 years. Once complete, the mantels emulate Indiana limestone, also known as Bedford limestone, which is recognized to be the highest quality quarried limestone in the United States. Every detail of Old World Stoneworks’ fireplace mantels is meticulously hand-carved adding world-class beauty to any hearth.

About Old World Stoneworks

An industry pioneer for over 20 years, Old World Stoneworks has served as a leader in American manufactured, hand-crafted limestone cast stone fireplace mantels and stone range hoods since the 90’s.

As the search for the perfect focal point waged on, the fireplace seemed to be the final piece before completion when building a home. However, with no one making custom cast stone surrounds, one half of the co-owners used his skills as a designer to help develop this line of cast stone fireplaces as a safe and beautiful alternative to wood.

Over the past two decades the company has customized their many designs hundreds of times to help their clients achieve the perfect look. Their signature man-made limestone is a cost-effective alternative to natural limestone that still maintains the inherit characteristics of quarried limestone. For more information about Old World Stoneworks, visit http://www.oldworldstoneworks.com.

About la Madeleine Country French Café

Dallas-based la Madeleine Country French Café was established in 1983 by self-described “French country boy” Patrick Esquerré to fulfill his dream of bringing classic French country fare to America. Inspired by his mother’s cooking, Patrick insisted on maintaining the integrity of French cuisine by using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed from one generation to the next.

From its signature fireplace to its crave-worthy food, la Madeleine offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere where guests are invited to come and stay in a casual, French home atmosphere. La Madeleine’s French-inspired fare served throughout the day during breakfast, lunch and dinner features handcrafted entrées, sandwiches, salades and soupes, as well as freshly-baked breads, artisan pâtisseries and several additional distinctive specialties. La Madeleine’s authenticity, innovation and fresh menu items differentiates the brand, creating widespread restaurant investor appeal.

A treasured part of many communities for more than 30 years, la Madeleine will have more than 70 cafés across Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. by the end of the third quarter of 2014. For more information on menu items, café locations and hours of operation, visit http://www.laMadeleine.com.

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