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Rive Bistro, new French restaurant, opens Wednesday

Updated 3:04 pm, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Rive Bistro, a new French restaurant, is scheduled to open Wednesday, March 27,  at 299 Riverside Ave. at the former site of River House Tavern. Photo: File Photo / Westport News
    Rive Bistro, a new French restaurant, is scheduled to open Wednesday, March 27, at 299 Riverside Ave. at the former site of River House Tavern. Photo: File Photo

 

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Rive Bistro, a French restaurant on the Saugatuck River on the former site of River House Tavern, plans to open Wednesday, March 27, for lunch and dinner. The new restaurant, which took over the roughly 2,200-square-foot venue soon after its predecessor closed Dec. 31, is co-owned by restaurateur Eric Sierra and business partner Vivi Torres.

Sierra, the chef, a native of southwestern France, owned Bistro des Amis in downtown Westport from 1991 to 2001.

He also owned and served as the chef of Il Palio, a Mediterranean restaurant in Shelton, from 2001 to 2006 and was general manager and chef of Fairfield restaurant Martel from 2009 to 2011.

Entree prices at Rive Bistro will range from $12 to $20 for lunch, $18 to $32 for dinner and $10 to $20 for Sunday brunch, according to a news release.

Signature dishes at the 299 Riverside Ave. restaurant will include duck and foie gras sausage with warm green lentil salad and steak frites, a New York strip loin with black peppercorn sauce, garlic butter or Roquefort sauce.

The restaurant features a 70-seat dining room and a 15-seat bar.

It has a 50-seat patio, and employs almost 30 workers.

Its hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday for lunch; 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Sunday and 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner; and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch.

Reservations will be accepted for the dining room only and the required dress code will be smart casual.

Call 203-557-8049 for information.