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.

Mortimers a restaurant and piano bar coming to Clifton Square

Former Cibola owners Kevin Brown and Tracy Fahrbach are about to open a new business in the old John Browns spot at Clifton Square.

Brown and Fahrbach, back in 1999 when Cibola was about to open in Bradley Fair in the spot that now holds Newport Grill.

The two hope to have Mortimers Neighborhood Grille and Piano Bar up and running at 3700 E. Douglas in mid-January.

The restaurant will be open for dinner Mondays through Saturdays and will feature a menu of made-from-scratch comfort foods such as as sandwiches, burgers, prime rib and more. Brown and Fahrbach say they want to keep prices reasonable, and they’ll offer house wines at $4.50 a glass.

The restaurant will seat 50 on the first level and another 50 on the lower level, which on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will be used as a piano bar. It also will be used as a space for private parties.

The duo has plans to add lunch in mid-March, when they also hope to open a patio with swing benches, canopies and a bicycle rickshaw that will take College Hill residents home if they can’t drive.

“College Hill is a great neighborhood,” said Brown of his desire to open a new business there. “I’ve lived there my whole life.”

They’re also planning Sunday brunch and will display art in the restaurant.

I’ll update you with more Mortimers details as the opening day draws near.