La Coop: Bistro à Vins
Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.;
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-10:30 p.m.;
Friday-Saturday 5:30-11:30 p.m.
The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
- Cuisine: French
- Meals Served: Dinner and Lunch
- Price Range: $$$ ($16-$25)
- Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, and Wine
- Restaurant Style: Bistro
- Smoking: No
La Coop: Bistro à Vins will open at 732 E. Market St. on Tuesday. The French bistro concept is owned by Brett Davis, Chip Hamm and Michael and Steven Ton, with Bobby Benjamin (most recently of The Oakroom) as chef.
French comfort food is on the menu, but not at haute cuisine prices. “People are going to be very surprised when they see the pricing,” Davis says. “The most expensive entree is $20. A true Old Country-style French bistro is very value-driven, and we wanted to stick to that.
“I love French food ... simple, classic,” says Davis, but “it was about the space. We looked at the space … we talked about two or three concepts, and we kept going back to a European bistro of some sort and we felt like it was a French bistro more than anything else. A small French bistro was perfect for the space. We felt like that was a missing piece of Louisville’s dining scene.”
The menu will include classic dishes such as cassoulet, coq au vin with braised chicken, salted pork, glazed carrots, mushrooms and braised pearl onions; coquilles St. Jacques with scallops, fennel and celery root ragout and blistered tomato; and travers de bœuf with short rib, grits and onion confit.
A daily crepe special will be offered, and among the selections on the $6 dessert menu is a creme brulee aux pistaches with classic pistachio custard, cinnamon, pistachio tuile and cream.
Wine infusions and French aperitifs are among items on the cocktail list.
Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
More information: www.coopbistro.com.