March is upon us, and that means out with one French bistro and in with another: Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore Square has shuttered. As reported last month, a new, Parisian-style restaurant called Josephine will fill in the space sometime early this spring,
In the ensuing weeks, new owner Samuel Gosselin will oversee a "complete cosmetic renovation" of the space at 468 Commonwealth Ave. The first-time restaurant owner designed the Josephine space. He has also spent the last several months learning his new business. With a background in telecommunications and healthcare, Gosselin told Eater that a lifelong passion for food, wine, and entertaining led him to the new venture. With Stefano Quaresima (Petit Robert South End) signed on as Josephine's executive chef, Gosselin has found "someone who is going to be able to carry [his] vision" of a hospitable dining experience into a restaurant setting.
Renovations are expected to begin this month, and last week, the Josephine team posted a few whimsically-colored 3D renderings of the new interior. When he described his vision to Eater last month, Gosselin mentioned a casual, yet edgy and modern space inspired by trends at San Francisco, New York, and Paris restaurants. He plans to work with local artisans and "leverage what New England can provide." So far, Erik O. F. Schutz, the Massachusetts cabinetmaker who built the tables for Gramercy Tavern, has shared his skills with the Josephine team.