Pascal Olhats' seminal restaurant Traditions is all but a distant memory, and now the satellite location of Pascal at Hutton Centre has closed as well. I noticed it was dark and gutted this past weekend and shot an email to the man himself.
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Chef Olhats not only answered me within mere minutes via his Blackberry, but also gave me an update on what he's been up to.
Here's what he said:
"Yes I am sad for having decided to close this location. I was at the end of my 4 year lease and decided to not renew it. I believe that even (though) we had a great "fan" following, (there) was not enough volume to make it successful but the Bristol Street location is booming more than ever.
I am spending a lot of time developing new macarons, new healthy raw salads, gluten free quiches and dairy free dishes...I also plan to have a Friday Bistro Night and serve classic French dishes like cassoulet, bouillabaisse, coq au vin....and a cheese appetizer menu. No reservation, casual bistro table setting, grab and drink the shop wine for $5 fee or your own for $10 corkage. I may even serve crepes too! Merci."