Look for a French concept from a noted area restaurateur to go into the Oceanaire Seafood spot at Piedmont Town Center.
Giorgios Bakatsias, a Triangle restaurateur with several notable ventures -- among them Vin Rouge and Cafe Parizade in Durham and Bin 54 and Spice Street in Chapel Hill -- confirms he is taking the site and making it a French brasserie.
Bakatsias, whose places are noted for creative design and who opened the contemporary Mediterranean Giorgio in Cary in December, says he's "very excited to come to Charlotte." Diners now see "honest, great ingredients ... but also great value. They want romance and elegance of service, but also value." The space "hugged me and said, 'Please, I want to be a French brasserie,' " he says, laughing, and it doesn't require major structural renovation, so expect a spring opening. "March is very realistic." Prices will be in the $5-$22 range, with 80 percent of entrees -- such things as roast chicken, fish and more -- less than $21 or so.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Posted by Helen Schwab at 10:44 AM