A new French restaurant is scheduled to open within a few weeks in Lakeview, in the spot formerly home to Los Angeles restaurant.
The Birmingham News reports that Jean Evens Estinfort, who studied at cooking school in his native France and has worked at Five Points Grill and Lakeview Oyster House, is the chef and owner of the new Cafe de Paris.
Cafe de Paris will be a classic French restaurant. That's something we don't currently have in the Magic City. Chez FonFon is Frank Stitt's riff on a French bistro, but that's as close as we get. Years ago we loved Bon Appetit (where Daniel George is now in Mountain Brook), but the owners decided to move to France. Across the street there was Rue de Provence, which closed up during the anti-French sentiment in the early days of the Iraq war. A French restaurant in Vestavia City Center (which had the most incredible lobster bisque topped with puff pastry) did not survive, either. We never got around to trying Cafe Julien in Vestavia before it closed.
Here's hoping that Cafe de Paris will have a more successful future in the Magic City! We'll give them a month or so to get settled and give you a review.