GOODS: Bistro Pastis Owner Buys West End Icon, Will Re-Open As “Le Parisien” In April
News from Scout supporter Bistro Pastis
Vancouver, BC | The rumours have been swirling for the past few weeks and today Bistro Pastis proprietor John Blakely made it official; he has bought the iconic West End restaurant Bistro de Paris (formerly Café de Paris). “This has been a dream of mine for years. Café de Paris was one of the first restaurants I worked in when I came to Canada.” Mr. Blakeley will take control of the space as of February 15th, at which time it will close for renovations and re-open on April 1st as Le Parisien.
Bistro Pastis’ Executive Chef Tobias Grignon will oversee the two kitchens with assistance from two Chefs de Cuisine. “Our Sous Chef at Bistro Pastis, is very talented and has been with us a long time, so we want to give him a chance to lead the brigade at Le Parisien,” says Mr. Blakeley.
Geraldine Daugy, hostess and server at Bistro Pastis, will move over to manage the front of house at Le Parisien. “I’ve known Geraldine since she was a little girl and she has grown tremendously while at Bistro Pastis. I have every confidence that she will run Le Parisien with the charm and elegance she has displayed while at Bistro Pastis.”
In its heyday, Café de Paris was known for its authentic frites. In the intervening years, as its reputation waffled under various owners, Bistro Pastis was considered a worthy successor – serving twice-cooked crisp frites that have become one of the restaurant’s hallmark plates.
“I am so excited to return this space to its authentic bistro roots and have it become the premier neighbourhood bistro it once was.”
In 2009, Mr. Blakeley was named a Chevalier (Knight) of France in the Ordre du Merite Agricole by the Government of France in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of French food and culinary arts.
About Bistro Pastis
Bistro Pastis is as close as you can get to Paris without a plane ticket. The menu features classic bistro fare (Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse or Steak Frites for instance) served with a contemporary touch along with one of the finest by-the-glass wine lists in Vancouver. Add streams of natural light through the café windows to the warmth of a crackling fireplace in an intimate room presided over by a genuine French Maitre d’ and you have all the ingredients for a memorable meal. If you’re in a hurry or just meeting a friend for a drink, Bistro Pastis also offers prime people-watching seats along its traditional front-room bar.
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