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French Eatery and Bar Le Garage Opens Friday in Hampden

April 22, 2014

Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 4.06.44 PMOn the heels of the announcement that Café Cito will open in Hampden in a couple weeks comes news of yet another food stop in the neighborhood that’s sneakily becoming one of the top destinations for grub in the city—and this one is opening even sooner: Friday, Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites will open its doors and serve up dinner with both classic and peasant French dishes, tartines, and Belgian-style frites with over 18 various dipping sauces; the latter of which will also be available from a connected to-go shop on 36th St.—prime eats for avenue strolling.

The 60-seat restaurant and 18-seat bar will be located at 911 W. 36th St., the former home of Dogwood, with a kitchen led by former Maggie’s Farm sous chef and 13.5% executive chef Sarah Acconcia. The beverage program will be handled by former Wine Market Bistro beer buyer Brendan Kirlin (whose beer selection we’ve always found to be solid). Beers will be poured from a new 14-tap system and focus mainly on Belgian, French, and local options, while the wine list will consist entirely of French varieties.

Acconcia explained in a press release that they “wanted to create a place with approachable, French food that our friends would crave and could afford. This is creative, friendly, hard-working fare, a side to French dining that many people have never experienced.” That fare will range in prices from $16 to $23 for entrées with two-person dishes for sharing and specialty items coming in a bit higher.

The dipping sauces include walnut romesco, sweet pea and ginger, and butternut squash and tahini, to name a few—a perfect snack for bar-goers, as Kirlin explains, “nothing goes with frites like beer.”  We can’t disagree with that.

  • Stacy

    So please explain to me what is French about Romesco which is Spanish, Tahinni which is middle eastern. This is neither French Bistro, peasant or otherwise. It may be approachable but hardly French.

  • EddieZ

    2 menu items do not, a restaurant make… That is variety.
    Perhaps you should wait to see the rest of the menu before proclaiming this restaurant “not French”

  • jilgavvent

    Vulcan beer is better!

  • Starbuck MT

    i need a JOB…do you need a Mime for the Grand Opening?? Seriously!!*<];•}

  • Kristian Bjørnard

    Syria and Lebanon were both part of the French Colonial empire.

  • Stacy

    The article does not say french restaurant influenced by other cusines. It states they are introducing classic french and peasant french dishes and approachable French food. I have looked at their menu now that it is posted and there is no classic french dishes or typical peasant bistro dishes. Words have meaning. There is nothing wrong with having a restaurant with only a small french influences but do not state otherwise. Petit Louis is a French Bistro serving many classic bistro dishes and some that are only French influenced.