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New owner, new look for Bouchee restaurant

French cafe Bouchee, known for their breakfast specials, has been bought by a new owner who is looking to bring more “ooh la la” to the menu.

Sara Masters, a trained chef and owner of catering company Flying Chef, bought the restaurant in January from brothers Walter and Wilmot Simmons who owned it for close to 15 years, after hearing through a friend they were looking to sell.

“I've always wanted a restaurant,” she said. “I've been looking for the past few years and as soon as the opportunity was mentioned, I knew it was the right one for me.”

For the past two months Ms Masters has been getting a feel of the business and is now in the middle of completing renovations, readying the Pitts Bay Road eatery to reopen on Monday. Ms Masters has hired one new Bermudian to the staff who will work alongside two chefs, a kitchen assistant and two waiters.

The name will stay the same, however, the inside will look “completely” different, featuring a fresh coat of paint, new decor and recovered seating.

The menu will also change, adding more classic French dishes to the lunch and dinner menus. Mid-day fare will include open-faced tartines, deep-dish quiche, lunch crepes; while the dinner menu will feature fois gras, roasted chicken and fresh mussels.

There will also be blackboard specials and a focus on wine, all at prices that are easy on the wallet.

“The new menu will have more affordable prices than the old one,” said Ms Masters.

Customers should not worry about anything changing from the breakfast menu it will only be enhanced.

“We have people lined up around the corner on weekends for breakfast,” she added. “Our customers are local, repeat business; we want to give them what they want.”

She's hoping to convert those loyal breakfast customers into lunch and dinner clients trying to capture as much business as possible in an already struggling economic climate.

“Some people said I was crazy for doing this,” said Ms Masters. “But I listen to my gut. I've always had a positive outlook; it can only get better.”

Getting a new look Workers at Bouchee help get the Pitts Bay Road restaurant ready to reopen under new ownership.

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Published March 08, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated March 08, 2012 at 7:52 am)

New owner, new look for Bouchee restaurant

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