French restaurant to open in Clifton Square

A new French restaurant is opening in the old John Brown’s space this summer.

A French and Belgian restaurant called Au Paris-Bruxelles will open in the old John Brown’s space in Clifton Square in June, the center said today.

Florence and Didier Fraikin are relocating from Belgium to open the restaurant. They’ve visited the United States several times over the years and say they have dreamed of opening a restaurant here, too.

This means that Mortimer’s Piano Bar, which Kevin Brown and Tracy Fahrbach had previously announced they’d open in the space, won’t go there. Several calls over the past few months to Brown have gone unreturned.

Florence is a graduate in cooking arts of the Citadel in Namur, Belgium. The couple also has a restaurant in France, located one hour south of Paris, called Le Vieux Bruxelles.

The restaurant will offer Belgian specialties such as fish soup, terrines and salad nicoise. They’ll also have French specialties such as  bœuf Bourguignon.

Stay tuned to this blog for more information.