Baltimore restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf announced Monday that a second Petit Louis Bistro will open on the downtown Columbia lakefront.
The 6,943 square foot French restaurant, which the pair hope to open by the end of the year, will include outdoor seating, a pastry operation, private dining and event space, according to a news release.
"Cindy and I are truly excited about the details of the room and being on the lake," said Foreman. "We feel Petit Louis will act as a real center of the community, where neighbors will come to dine as well as celebrate."
Foreman added: "We have had fantastic support from our regular guests from Howard County in all of our projects. It's a real pleasure to open a restaurant that Cindy and I love, in this beautiful location.
The pair announced James Lewandowski will be the executive chef for "Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake."
"Something wonderful about bistro cooking is its honesty," said Lewandowski. "True to the Bistro's of Paris, the freshest ingredients will be brought in daily from the local markets, helping my culinary team execute the dishes authentically and thoughtfully."
Lewandowski was formerly executive chef at the Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park and was most recently executive sous chef at Cinghiale, Foreman Wolf's modern Italian restaurant in Harbor East.
"Traditional, regional French cooking is James's first love," said Wolf. "This is the perfect spot for him and we are delighted he will be opening for us."
Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake will feature traditional French bistro cuisine, according to the release. Peter Keck will serve as the maître d’hôtel. Keck was also the opening maître d’hôtel at the Roland Park location.
Ashley Roop, who has spent the past several years as executive pastry chef at Charleston, Cindy Wolf's signature restaurant, will be the pastry chef. Roop will be handling pastries for both Petit Louis Bistro locations.
The Columbia restaurant will also feature a Comptoir, a walk up space inspired by Parisian traditions. The Comptoir will feature pastries, classic sandwiches, soups, and salads. The space will also feature a coffee program similar to Johnny's, another Foreman Wolf restaurant located in Roland Park.
The four other restaurants Foreman and Wolf operate are Charleston, Pazo, Cinghiale and Johnny’s. They also operate two wine stores; BIN 604 Wine Sellers and BIN 201 Wine Sellers.