Thursday, April 22, 2010

La Petite returns as Le Bistro

Posted by on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

As part of La Petite Maison's minor renovations, expect a new exterior paint job soon.
  • As part of La Petite Maison's minor renovations, expect a new exterior paint job soon.

Great news for Francophiles and gourmands: La Petite Maison , after a four-month hiatus that was supposedly permanent, will reopen (after some minor renovations) tomorrow as Le Bistro (1015 W. Colorado Ave., 634-0400).

Lunch service will follow the dinner service (5 p.m. to close, Tuesday through Saturday) with regular hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) beginning April 27.

Chef Henri Chapéront says that after being laid off from his position as food and beverage manager for an upcoming downtown hotel venture, he’s decided to give the location another go with a bistro concept, built around a cheaper menu. (Chapéront, after lamenting about a lack in support from Springs diners, told us in December that he could “renovate, change the concept — [but] I don’t want to put in more money because I don’t think I’ll get my investment back.”)

Look for some pricier, returning signature items like a $32 rack of lamb, but Chapéront says all other entrées cap off at around $16, with several new small plate options.

“We still want people to come for birthdays and anniversaries, but we’re trying to get people coming more casual and more often,” he says, noting that with 24 hours notice, he’s willing to cook old favorite La Petite items.

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