Pierrot Bistrot, a 10-year-old French restaurant in Beacon Hill, will become Ma Maison on June 1, the restaurant has announced, and Jacky Robert will be taking over the kitchen. Robert has been a veteran of Boston's French dining scene since his time as executive chef at Maison Robert from 1996 to 2001. Founded by his aunt and uncle, Martha Ann and Lucien Robert, in the early 1970s, Maison Robert closed its doors in 2004. Lydia Shire is one local powerhouse who passed through the restaurant's doors, and when Shire took over Locke-Ober in 2001, Jacky Robert became her executive chef there through 2003. He went on to open Petit Robert Bistro and Jacky's Table.
A native of France, Robert spent the earlier part of his career in kitchens in Paris, Munich, Geneva, San Francisco, and beyond, including a stint at Maxim's in Paris alongside Wolfgang Puck.
When Pierrot Bistrot transforms into Ma Maison, it will offer "even more delicious French food, unique daily specials, and a new cocktail list," the restaurant promises.