Le Cafe De Paris to close in Downtown Boise

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comFebruary 19, 2014 

As Mathieu Choux prepares to close Le Café De Paris on Feb. 23 after 12 years in business, he’s feeling nostalgic.

“I opened that place — I was 23 years old,” he says.

But he’s also feeling excited. It’s the growth of Choux’s commercial endeavor, Gaston’s Bakery, that caused him not to renew the French bistro's lease at 204 N. Capitol Blvd. in Boise, he says.

Gaston’s, which he started in Le Café De Paris' basement in 2006, recently relocated to its own space on the Boise Bench. Gaston's sells baked goods “pretty much nationwide,” Choux says.

So, basically, Choux didn’t want the pain in the neck of trying to run Le Café De Paris while dealing with an expanding Gaston’s?

“Don’t say that!” he scolds with a laugh, before becoming frank. “It’s a small restaurant. You’ve got to be really hands-on to do a good job, and I didn’t feel I could, not being able to be on site. Now that the bakery requires so much of my time, it is better for me to focus on that.”

The Le Café De Paris name will live on, Choux says, through business catering and local markets. But if you want one last brunch there, you have through Sunday.

Le Café de Paris is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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