Senegalese French sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia have a new French bistro and bakery on the way, Le French at Belleview Station.
Rougui Dia previously worked as the executive chef at Paris’ Petrossian5, a Michelin-starred restaurant. She was the first black female in the world to work as an executive chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Later she became the executive chef at Paris Le Vraymonde and opened her own Paris-based bakery serving rum-flavored babas cakes. She moved to Denver to open Le French restaurant with her sister Aminata, the former owner of catering company AmiCuisine.
Le French opens this April with a menu of high-end pastries and Parisian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Afternoons bring a daily carted service with tea, coffee, cocktails, and wines, as well as savory dishes, mini patisseries, charcuterie, and cheeses from 2:30 to 5 p.m. By night the lounge becomes a dessert bar.
The restaurant also plans a grab-and-go section with salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee from Boulder-based Dragonfly Coffee Rosters.
Studio Atlantis designed the 77-seat space with white tiles, natural brick, and wood and metallic gold accents. A patio offers dining for 20. The restaurant plans to be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
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