Since about the age of 3, Laurent Triqueneaux has been learning how to bake and cook from his grandmother in their native Normandy. Triqueneaux (Cafe Laurent, and The Wood, which sold over a year ago), is now opening his third restaurant, Bistro Laurent, which will officially open on Bastille Day, July 14th, but which soft opens as cash-only on
Tuesday, July 6th, Wednesday, July 7th. The space on Sepulveda Boulevard, a croissant's throw away from the LA Weekly, previously housed Otom sushi restaurant, which closed due to "lack of interest from management" and simply "not enough business," according to Triqueneaux.
The bistro menu, still in its development stage, is heavy on pastries, whole wheat croissants, savory crepes and French sandwiches such as the jambon-beurre, a baguette with ham, butter and Swiss cheese. And speaking of butter, Triqueneaux credits Darigold (which they've clearly stocked up on) as their "secret ingredient." After purchasing the space, it needed a lot of construction work and remodeling. "It was cluttered and dirty, and really neglected," Triqueneaux said. Several months later the space is nearly ready, as old family photos and French faces -- such as Bridget Bordeaux's -- begin to line the walls. (Turn the page for a few more pictures.)
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Bistro Laurent: 3936 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; (310) 398 6863. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.