New French Restaurant Opens in Pasadena Next Monday

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 4:43 AM

A new Southern French restaurant from the owners of Café Beaujolais in Eagle Rock is opening in Pasadena Monday.

The new eatery, Entre Nous French Bistro, opens where Ración was, at 199 W. Green Street.

Ración closed in late January, and owner Loretta Peng opened a new concept called Dérive, with an organic New American menu for both lunch and dinner. Dérive, as it turned out, was short-lived, and Café Beaujolais’ Mathias Wakrat and Jean-Christophe Febbrari, who hail from the French Riviera, took over the place just two months ago, says Eater LA.

Wakrat and Febbrari plan to serve traditional French fare like rack of lamb, duck confit, and the Marseille specialty bouillabaisse. Entre Nous’ interior can seat 50, and three to four tables can fill a side patio.

Instead of a fully French wine list, Entre Nous will feature wines from across the globe, including California, New Zealand, and a rose from Wakrat’s hometown, Saint-Tropez, the report said.

“We have a genuine way of hosting people,” Febbrari told Eater LA. “We come from small villages, and want people to sit down and feel comfortable. We had an opportunity to be here in Old Town, so we wanted to open the only French restaurant there and just be us.”

When it opens Monday, Entre Nous will be competing with at least two other French restaurants in Pasadena: the 28-year-old Bistro 45 at 45 S. Mentor Avenue, and Madeline Garden Bistro at 1030 E. Green Street.

On Craigslist, the restaurant was looking for a cook who knows French cuisine, a dishwasher, a barista, a busboy and a food runner to complete its staff.

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