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The Renderings For Grande Rue, A New French Bistro Downtown, Are Positively Parisian

A swanky French bistro is planning to open downtown.

Grande Rue hopes to open on the corner of Gay and High Streets, taking over the former Brioso Coffee location. Plans for the bistro were presented to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday and the proposed remodeling will be substantial.

The building was constructed in 1910 and although there will be extensive remodeling, the Edwards Companies hopes to make good use of some of that old-world charm. The ceiling height will be restored to 18 feet, which will allow for a mezzanine level overlooking the main dining space.

The Edwards Companies used a few phrases to describe the upcoming brand, like “essence of Paris, soul of Columbus” and the proposal also mentioned approachable wines and traditional French favorites.

Although there was no timeline given for the project, the commission was receptive to the restaurant.