Big news in the Bywater, as much anticipated Parisian-style bar and bistro Saint Germain is opening this Sunday, in the St Claude Avenue space that was formerly pizzeria Sugar Park.
It comes from an accomplished trio — chef-owner Blake Aguillard brings experience from three-Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Saison; he was also an opener at local staple MoPho. His partners on the project are also stepping over from MoPho — Trey Smith, was chef de cuisine, and Drew Delaughter was the restaurant’s GM.
According to an Instagram post, Saint Germain will open this Sunday (October 28) at 5 p.m. (The caption indicates that the venue quietly opened for a test run last week, although it seems to be closed again until the Sunday opening.)
As previously reported, Saint Germain is a two-in-one operation. First and foremost is the wine bar element — it should be open most (if not all) days and is expected to feature a solid selection of natural wines (but also cocktails and beer), and Frenchy small plates.
Then there’s a petite bistro of around a dozen seats — Aguillard and Smith will be at the burners cooking French fare, having noted that Parisian bistro Le Comptoir was an inspiration. The bistro will be an exclusive affair — back in spring, the Saint Germain team suggested it would only open three days a week.
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Great news! The backyard is done and Saint-Germain will open at 5:00PM this Sunday, 10/28. We opened a week ago without publicizing to give ourselves a chance to get our systems in place. We took a little time to finish a few final projects and now we're opening for good. Come see us Sunday or any day after that. We can't wait to share what we've been working on. See you soon!
Conveniently, the shotgun-style house with Saint Germain inside has two separate front doors — one for the bar and another for the bistro, and the two sides will operate fairly separately. The house was a key reason why Aguillard, Delaughter, and Smith chose the location — they wanted an intimate, farmhouse feel, where diners and drinkers are served by the owners themselves.
The house also comes with a sizable backyard, which has been made over into a positively charming and pastoral drinking area.