It is one of the pastry sensations of recent years — an alchemic fusion of croissant and doughnut, unified to create the much-celebrated Cronut.

Now Dominique Ansel, the New York pastry chef who invented (and trademarked) the globally popular Cronut treat, is expanding his creative repertoire with the launch of a second bakery in Japan.

The new Dominique Ansel Bakery opens its doors on March 29 within the confines of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza district. Its arrival comes two years after the chef opened an Omotesando bakery — his first outlet outside the United States — with its popularity reflected in the fact that 700 people queued outside its doors on its first day.