Bernard Callebaut — the man — is back in business.
The Calgary chocolatier's new venture, Papa Chocolat, was launched Wednesday night.
Callebaut has been through a tough few months, having lost control of the chocolate business that bears his name when it fell into receivership.
He said he made it through the fall thanks to the support of Calgarians.
"The phone calls we got, people stopping me in the street … and say like, 'Are you Bernard?' Yes. 'I wish you all the best, we want that you succeed,'" he said.
Papa Chocolat will only be able to fill custom orders for now, but Callebaut said he hopes to have a couple of retail outlets open by next spring.
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, both the company and the name, is now controlled by an entirely separate entity.
A judge rejected Callebaut's attempt to buy his company back in October from a numbered company backed by a former employee.
All of the Callebaut assets — including the factory, eight corporate stores, the relationship with dealers and naming rights — changed hands.
Callebaut opened his first store in Calgary in 1983.