If you've called Manhattan Beach home at any time over the last four or so decades, you've likely celebrated a new job or good news at Café Pierre. It’s an easygoing restaurant known for its cozy, bistro-style clutch of tables, intimate chatty atmosphere, and France-by-way-of-SoCal eats.
And how many first dates and surprise engagements have gone down at 317 Manhattan Beach Boulevard? Beaucoup, you betcha.
Sady, every restaurant sees le fin, and Café Pierre is no different: After nearly 37 years, owners Guy and Sylvie Gabriele are shuttering the eatery with plans to debut a new meet-and-eat spot called Love and Salt.
Chef Michael Fiorelli, formerly of Terranea's mar'sel, will join the father and daughter team on the venture.
Flicking off the switch, though, isn't a proper goodbye for a neighborhood favorite, however. With that in mind, Café Pierre will feature a Throwback Menu from Sunday, April 6 through Sunday, April 13. It's a way to "pay tribute" to the restaurant over the decades, so fans should be on the lookout for some favorite past dishes.
On the $60 prix fixe supper roster? Four courses, with choices like escargot, Crepe Cordon Bleu, and Filet Dijonnaise. One bite of a beloved dish may zip you, time travel-style, back to 1987. (A fine time to time travel back to, what with the shoulder pads and hair mousse and lack of smart phones sitting on every table.)
What to do, where to go and what to see
Whatever you order, be sure to swing by the spot before the final adieu. Change is très nécessaire in this life, but good food from the longtime Pierre team is a given.
Café Pierre will close its doors for good April 14.