Richard DeShantz’s highly anticipated, French-inspired bistro, Poulet Bleu, is opening today in Lawrenceville.
Poulet Bleu is located in the former Tamari and Pan spot on Butler Street, near Morcilla and Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique. The restaurant is an “American Bistro” with French influences, and will offer the same commitment to quality and innovation as other DeShantz restaurants.
When we spoke with Poulet Bleu’s General Manager, George Casalicchio, last month, he noted that the restaurant’s location will lend itself to being an approachable, community-oriented restaurant.
There will be dishes with price points that cater to both casual appetizers with friends, as well as more elegant, celebratory meals. Guests can expect dishes like escargot, and various steak-frites options. There will also be a in-house pastry program, highlighting French desserts and breads.
When the restaurant first opens, it will be operating on the first floor of the building. The kitchen will be completely open, providing guests a chance to see the action in the kitchen. There will be seating for around 65 guests, including a banquette, bar, and bistro seats.
Guests also have the option to make a reservation at a special “kitchen table,” that will be a true front row seat to the cooking experience. Additionally, the building has a large front patio, lending itself to al fresco dining in warmer months.
Finally, no French-inspired restaurant would be complete without an extensive wine program. Cecil Usher, beverage Director at the other DeShantz restaurants, will once again be leading the charge at Poulet Bleu. Wine will feature French bottles, as well as wines from other areas that have a French connection. For cocktails, Guests can expect to see drinks like the French 75, or 1920’s-esque classics.
Poulet Bleu is currently taking reservations online.
Poulet Bleu (3519 Butler Street)