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Downtown Crossing Loses a Longtime French Restaurant

Central Bistro, previously Petit Robert, closes down this week

Central Bistro
Central Bistro
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Central Bistro (34 Summer St., Downtown Boston) will close on Friday, May 18, after about eight years in business, known for over half of that span as Petit Robert Central. The Downtown Crossing restaurant announced the closure on its website, indicating that the building will be “transformed into upscale office space.” The last service will be lunch on Friday.

The restaurant opened as Petit Robert under restaurateur Jacky Robert in 2010 before bringing in new owners (along with the name change) in 2015.

The message posted to the restaurant website read, in part: “We’d like to thank all of our guests for your unconditional support; we’ve truly loved being a part of the Downtown Crossing community and will miss serving you at our neighborhood bistro.”

The announcement also indicated that members of the team would move on to other restaurants sharing owners with Central Bistro, including Abby Lane, Citrus & Salt, Lion’s Tail, and Lower Mills Tavern.

Central Bistro serves dishes such as escargot, onion soup, chicken cordon bleu, beef bourguignon, and steak frites; stop by before the end of the week to try them.

Petit Robert Central Becomes Central Bistro [EBOS]