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Palo Alto: Pastis owner to open second French restaurant

Uploaded: Jul 28, 2015
Bernard Cartal, owner of Pastis French Bistro on California Avenue in Palo Alto, is opening another French restaurant just steps down the street.

Cartal has taken over 415 California Ave., most recently the short-lived home of haute hot-dog eatery Chez Franc. Chez Franc suddenly shuttered in May after four months of business.

Cartal wrote in an email last week that he will be bringing "continental and French cuisine" to California Avenue "in a casual and friendly small neighborhood restaurant" called La Boheme.

He didn't share too many other details, besides that there will be "quality and freshness in each plate" and the restaurant will be serving brunch, lunch and dinner. He's aiming to be open by the end of September.

Cartal has hired a Palo Alto architecture firm, McFall Architecture, to do some remodeling, included renovating the facade of the restaurant; adding outdoor seating and swapping out the tinted, closed windows for clear, sliding windows for a "more open and welcoming appearance," according to plans submitted to the City of Palo Alto.



Cartal and his nephew Max Roucoule (pictured above in 2012) opened Pastis in 2011 at 447 California Ave. after the space was vacated by Joanie's Cafe, which moved down the street to its current location.

Stay tuned for more details on La Boheme.

Comments

 +   3 people like this
Posted by Jeff, a resident of Greenmeadow,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

Great news! This family operates wonderful restaurants, and I welcome another similar eatery on California Avenue.


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Posted by Foodiphile, a resident of University South,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I've enjoyed Pastis several times. Too bad the new branch won't be downtown.


 +   4 people like this
Posted by old but wise, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Yippee, love this pace for a romantic dinner with minimum kids present...will love another restaurant by this management..food is spectacular


 +   2 people like this
Posted by rachel, a resident of Woodside,
on Oct 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

Honestly don't get the hype. Long waits, overrated food, rude staff...there is far better out there. Was hoping another place would open here, not another of the same.


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Posted by Lauren, a resident of Downtown North,
on Nov 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I can't wait to try it.



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