Fortunate us. Senegalese-French sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia — the latter a former chef at a Michelin-starred spot in Paris — have chosen Denver as the placement for his or her first restaurant collectively.
Subsequent month, they’re opening bakery-bistro Le French within the Tech Heart’s Belleview Station.
The Dia sisters are going to be serving all day, beginning with French breakfast pastries and occasional drinks, shifting on to crepes and quiches for lunch and small and enormous plates for dinner. Assume mushroom and foie gras croustillant, for instance, or seared scallops in a coconut-orange curry sauce.
The spotlight of the full-day menus may come round completely happy hour, which the Dias are calling “afternoon delight.” Then, they’ll be carting tea, espresso, cocktails and wines by way of the restaurant with mini muffins and pastries. By evening, their bakery may even rework right into a “dessert bar” for after-dinner cocktails plus caramelized apple tarte tatines or chocolate and rum-soaked babas.
Rougui owned a bakery in Paris specializing within the small muffins. She additionally was government chef at upscale Parisian spots Petrossian and Buddha-Bar Lodge. Oh, and she or he has been awarded the French Nationwide Medal of Honor for her contributions to the nation as a chef. Different recipients? Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and former President François Mitterrand.
Rougui’s sister, Aminata, is a 15-year Denver resident who beforehand owned a catering enterprise and labored for lodge eating places. The pair grew up in Paris studying to cook dinner from their mother and father, Senegalese immigrants.
A number of years again, the 2 had been in a position to cook dinner collectively for an occasion in Brazil. “We had been completely happy to see that we work properly collectively,” Aminata mentioned. “We complement one another within the kitchen.” The sisters additionally used to cook dinner collectively in Paris, at Rougui’s eating places, throughout visits.
“Ever since we had been youngsters, we had been all the time eager about recent meals,” Aminata mentioned.
The ladies would get up as early as four a.m. to go to farmers markets with their father. “Already we had that reference to meals,” she mentioned.
Now they’re bringing French, West African and American influences to the brand new restaurant. They’re calling the vibe “casual-chic,” which interprets to a white-tiled eating room with wooden and gold accents.
“We don’t need it to be uptight,” Aminata mentioned. “It’s simply gonna be us.”
Le French is scheduled to open in April at 4901 S. Newport St. It would serve all day, with grab-and-go and carryout choices. Hours might be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. lefrenchdenver.com
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Burgers and beers
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Espresso, beer and wine
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90-second Neapolitan pizzas
Conveyor belt sushi, karaage rooster
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