Remember when we posted last June that Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf would be opening a new restaurant, this time in Columbia? They announced today that it will be another Petit Louis. Why not? The one in Roland Park is a resounding success after all. The Foreman Wolf press release is below. -The Eds.
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, Foreman Wolf, today announced that they will open the second Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake in Columbia, Maryland; the sixth restaurant for the restaurateurs. The 6,943 square foot French restaurant will include outdoor seating, an intensive pastry operation, and beautiful private dining and event space.
“Cindy and I are truly excited about the details of the room and being on the lake,” said Foreman. “We feel Petit Louis will act as a real center of the community, where neighbors will come to dine as well as celebrate.” Foreman further commented, “We have had fantastic support from our regular guests from Howard County in all of our projects. It’s a real pleasure to open a restaurant that Cindy and I love, in this beautiful location.”
Foreman Wolf is also pleased to announce James Lewandowski as the executive chef for Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake. Lewandowski has a long-standing history with Foreman Wolf. Having been executive chef at the Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park, he most recently was executive sous chef at Cinghiale, Foreman Wolf’s modern Italian restaurant in Harbor East. Lewandowski is a 1997 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management and an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies in the Culinary Arts.
“Traditional, regional French cooking is James’s first love,” said Wolf. “This is the perfect spot for him and we are delighted he will be opening for us.”
Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake will feature traditional French bistro cuisine. The lively, yet casual and comfortable setting is modeled after a Belle-Époque Parisian wine bar. In this “fun French” bistro, executive chef Lewandowski will create classic dishes on the ever-changing menu including Duck Leg Confit, Mussels Provençale, Cassoulet, and Steak Frites. Peter Keck returns to Foreman Wolf as the maître d’hôtel. Keck was also the opening maître d’hôtel at the Roland Park location.
“Something wonderful about bistro cooking is its honesty,” said Lewandowski. “True to the Bistro’s of Paris, the freshest ingredients will be brought in daily from the local markets, helping my culinary team execute the dishes authentically and thoughtfully.”
Foreman Wolf is also announcing today that, Ashley Roop, who has spent the past several years as executive pastry chef at Charleston, Cindy Wolf’s signature restaurant, will be the pastry chef. Roop will be handling pastries for both Petit Louis Bistro locations. Guests will find she loves the French classics and will make every pastry with integrity. Guests should also expect to see Roop add a few inventive twists.
The Columbia restaurant will also feature a Comptoir, a walk up space inspired by Parisian traditions. Featuring beautiful pastries, classic sandwiches, soups, and salads, the space will also feature a serious coffee program similar to Johnny’s, another Foreman Wolf restaurant located in Roland Park. This section of the restaurant will have a casual seating area and a convenient take away program.
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