The restaurant's early-February public opening will be preceded by a series of dining events to benefit Howard County charities. The events include two luncheons, on Jan. 29 and 31, and four dinners, scheduled for the evenings of Jan. 28 through Jan. 31.
The restaurant is accepting reservations to all of the events, each of which will feature a fixed-price menu, including a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert. The cost of the luncheon is $30, and of the dinner is $50.
Proceeds from the pre-opening events will be donated directly to one of four charities, as designated by each diner: Bridges to Housing Stability, Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Howard County Conservancy and Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.
Columbia’s Petit Louis Bistro will serve a similar menu of classic French cuisine as that offered by its namesake restaurant in Baltimore's Roland Park neighborhood.
The Columbia location will also include a "comptoir," a casual walk-up space serving coffee, pastries and made-on-premises sandwiches, pastries, soups, quiches and salads.
Last June, Foreman Wolf announced that it had signed a 10-year lease with the Howard Hughes Corp. for the 6,943-square-feet location, on the ground floor of the Exhibit Building on Columbia’s Lakefront, that previously held the Red Pearl restaurant, which closed in the fall of 2012.
Reservations for the pre-opening events are being accepted at 410-964-9999.