Cafe de Paris to close

After 13 years in its Columbia location, Cafe de Paris is closing its doors (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group photo / June 19, 2014)

The Columbia restaurant Cafe de Paris will close after Sunday night's dinner service. 

Erik Rochard opened his French cafe on Centre Park Drive in the spring of 2002. He had operated a previous version of the cafe in Laurel.

"You have no idea of the amount of special attention, friendship, loving testimonies and dedication these 16 years brought me," Rochard wrote on a message posted just after Wednesday midnight to the Cafe de Paris Facebook page.

Rochard, a native of France, invited his customers to come to Cafe de Paris for its final weekend.

"If you managed to read my prose until this paragraph," Rochard said, "please note that we will have the pleasure to welcome you once more again on Friday and Saturday with a special touch....live jazz ...." 

"We will celebrate this farewell in tune, music and as usual passion for people who believe in these values, including good food, love and friendship," Rochard said.