Pastry chef Samantha Rush always liked Oak Cliff’s hip, neighborhood-centric vibe. But she settled in Deep Ellum to launch her shop, Rush Patisserie, in 2006. Now she’s made her way across the bridge. She plans to reopen Rush Patisserie on El Dorado Avenue by the end of June. "The area is thriving, and it’s just wonderful," she said.

Rush had occupied the Deep Ellum building that used to house Sweet Endings. That shop included a bakery and retail space. But the Oak Cliff shop is strictly retail, and her bakery is in North Dallas. The new store probably will keep later hours — the old store closed at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends. "We’ll probably be open a bit later into the evening because it’s more of a residential neighborhood, and we want to service all of those people coming home from school or work," Rush said.

Even though her store front is in Oak Cliff now, Rush still has a presence in Deep Ellum, where she gained a loyal following. Her pastries are available at It’s a Grind Coffee House, Murray Street Coffee Shop and MoKAH Coffee Shop.

Read more about Samantha Rush after the jump.

Rush is a New York native who worked as a pastry chef in Las Vegas before moving to Dallas about three years ago. She was an accountant for eight years, but always wanted to cook. "I didn’t fall in love with pastry until I took my first baking class," at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, she said. She attended pastry school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and chose Dallas to start her business because she saw a hole in the market. "I just noticed that there weren’t any real French pastry shops here, and that’s what I do," she said. Check out her Web site for a list of the delightful pastries she makes, including cakes, cookies and croissants, of course.