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Olmos Park Bistro to Reopen

Olmos Park Bistro should reopen by the end of next week, according to Martha McCracken, who owns the building at 4331 McCullough Ave.

The restaurant had closed recently with no word posted about its future.

McCracken said Friday that the restaurant was being reorganized.

The new menu would feature French favorites from the Olmos Park Bistro menu as well as some dishes from Valentino’s, McCracken’s restaurant that preceded it.

Chef Laurent Rea, who was in charge of the Olmos Park Bistro kitchen, would still oversee the food, she said.

Providing great food at lower prices would be emphasized at the new place, McCracken said.

Whether the name would change is unknown.


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Rumor Has It: Weissman Going Into Defunct Valentino’s?

Andrew Weissman and his wife, Maureen.

Andrew Weissman, who can be seen these days hard at work at either of his two restaurants at the Pearl Brewery, says yes, the rumors are flying that he’s going into the recently closed Valentino’s di Olmos.

“It’s amazing,” he says. “I don’t think the word got around this much for any of the other restaurants I’ve opened.” The James Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur’s most recent ventures, at the Pearl, are Sandbar and Il Sogno.

Right now, he says that while he is ready to go, he doesn’t yet have the go-ahead to open a new restaurant in space at 4331 McCullough Ave. in Olmos Park.  Legal issues are still pending and though he’s in close touch with the principles, the deal isn’t quite locked up. At least, that was as of Thursday.

As for what kind of a restaurant he may be envisioning, Weissman’s not ready to go on the record. We think we can safely say, though, that it will not be a high-end destination, such as his former contemporary French restaurant, Le Rêve. Think affordable.

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